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The Last Shadow Puppets Caught Up In Sexism Controversy

In a recently published article in Spin, a female journalist named Rachel Brodsky has criticised Miles Kane for his inappropriate behaviour during their interview, while also making a statement on the unequal treatment of the sexes within the music industry as a whole.

Kane and Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, make up The Last Shadow Puppets– who took the world by storm with their spellbinding debut The Age of the Understatement almost eight years ago. They are now back together and Brodsky met the pair in a hotel lobby, while they were in New York promoting their forthcoming album Everything You’ve Come to Expect.

The full article begins as just another band profile before Brodsky documents how uncomfortable she became during her exchanges with Kane. At one point she asked the singer what his plans were for the rest of the day. To which he replied, “Do you want to go upstairs?”

The situation then got worse as Brodsky wrote about how at the end of the interview, “Turner gives me a nice handshake goodbye. When I extend my hand to Kane, he yanks me in for a not-entirely consensual kiss on the cheek.”

A few days after the interview Kane sent the female journalist a personal note apologising for his behaviour.

“I really enjoyed chatting to you about the new record. I am just very sorry that silly remarks I made during our interview have caused offence. I recognise my “Carry On” humour during the interview was ill judged. I am mortified that it made you feel uncomfortable. Please accept my sincere apologies,” it says.

However, Brodsky wasn’t entirely satisfied with the apology as she then argued about a perceived lack of respect. “I appreciate Kane’s note, but it doesn’t make me feel better. It certainly didn’t erase that afternoon or the other times I’ve felt objectified on the job.”

“Notes like it don’t change the events that preceded them. Instead of apologies, I’d like to see a little more foresight and a lot more professionalism toward women in the music industry,” she concluded.

The band haven’t made any further statement about the event.

Everything You’ve Come to Expect is released on April 1st via Domino.

Image: Zackery Michael