Smashing guitars is nothing new, so why are people so rattled by Phoebe Bridgers' SNL performance?

Phoebe Bridgers
(Image credit: Phoebe Bridgers / Instagram)

Best of 2021: On Saturday February 6, a clip of a young rockstar smashing their guitar on live TV went viral for all the wrong reasons. It wasn’t old footage of Kurt Cobain or Pete Townshend or Jimi Hendrix, but a young woman called Phoebe Bridgers, who a lot of commenters had not heard of but were furious with for being so insolent. 

26-year-old Bridgers, who recently released her critically acclaimed second album Punisher, closed out her first Saturday Night Live performance by giving a monitor speaker a beating with her guitar.

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