Middle-Aged Men Are Mad That Billie Eilish Doesn’t Know Who Van Halen Is
"Wow 17-year-old girl doesn't know of a band who's peak was nearly 40 years ago, that's crazy."
Billie Eilish revealed that she didn’t know who Van Halen was in a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
During the Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview, Jimmy claimed that 1984, the year it was when he was 17, was the “greatest year in American history”. As Billie Eilish is currently 17, he decided to quiz her on what she knew from that era.
Billie blitzed through Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, but struggled in knowing others like Run-DMC and Huey Lewis. However, it’s the clip that revolves around Billie and her lack of knowledge around the rock band, Van Halen, that has gained the most attention.
Billie Eilish didn't know who Van Halen was, I'm sobbing. pic.twitter.com/tX6xrs7cIE
— Mack (@_Kenziepuff) November 29, 2019
Billie turned the internet into a frenzy when she couldn’t name a Van Halen member, instead asking “Who?” while being quizzed.
Some began to criticise Billie for not having knowledge of a band as big as Van Halen, regardless of her age. But people were quick to come to Billie’s defence, questioning how a 17-year-old is meant to know of a band who hasn’t produced any significant music in her lifetime.
wow 17 year old girl doesn't know of a band who's peak was nearly 40 years ago, that's crazy aha https://t.co/Gq2OEqTkJo
— hi its griffin (@soggybread__) November 30, 2019
sorry a 17 year old doesn’t know about Van Halen even though their last album released before she was even born
— Kyleigh :P (@_gxner_) December 2, 2019
Unsurprisingly, it was the middle-aged men who were most enraged by the revelation that not every person in the world is aware of a band that peaked in the ’80s — which was at least 20 years before Billie Eilish was even born.
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 2, 2019
I’m sure Van Halen doesnt know who Billie Eilish is either.
— C.J. (@ChuckG0808) December 2, 2019
In fairness, I’m pretty sure neither Van Halen nor 99.99% of the rest of the world can name a single Billie Eilish song.
— Chris Arrr (@capitalistpeeg) December 2, 2019
In a strange turn of events, the conversation quickly shifted. Van Halen fans went from using “well I’m sure they don’t know her either!” as a defence, to likening the work of the band to that of Mozart and Michelangelo.
Uuhh I am close to 60 and yet I still know who Mozart was.. Know your art.
— Real Alex Marshall (@AlexMar30155240) December 2, 2019
I’d think artists would at least be aware of legends within their field. That’s like a sculptor who’s never heard of Michelangelo
— Zeke (@Isaiaht15) December 2, 2019
People soon fired back at defensive Van Halen fans by pointing out the flaws in their arguments, highlighting how ridiculous it is to expect a single person to know every artist that has ever existed.
Apparently Billie Eilish doesn't know who Van Halen are. It's a long shot, but I wonder if there are any righteous middle-aged men available online to respond to this.
— A Mancino-Williams (@Manda_like_wine) December 2, 2019
men in their late 30s in the comments be comparing Van Halen to Galileo, Mozart and Rembrandt… The lack of braincells in Americans is perplexing.
— manu (@mansmontx) December 2, 2019
People getting pissed off that Billie Eilish (not a rock act) doesn’t know who Van Halen are (a rock act) is like getting angry at someone who plays horror games not knowing what Imagine Fashion Designer is. Get a grip.
— Jim Caddick (@Caddicarus) December 3, 2019
Billie Eilish doesn’t know who Van Halen is? Next you’ll be telling me that Lorde is unfamiliar with Whitesnake or that Greta Thunberg has never seen Citizen Kane. A travesty. Truly these are dark times.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 2, 2019
And others chose to poke the bear, asking the middle-aged men to pinpoint other culturally relevant things that, by their logic, they should be across.
extremely disinterested in billie eilish not knowing who van halen is. VERY interested to know if any straight man over 40 has seen This Photograph. yes this is the same thing pic.twitter.com/D2dBzUlhWt
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) December 2, 2019
I want every old man who is shocked that billie eilish doesn’t know who van halen is to send me their favorite tik tok & at least two gay memes right now
— Woman (@AlexisGZall) December 2, 2019
While some brave souls decided to do the exact thing that would anger the fans most — purposefully getting information about the band wrong altogether.
Oh so Billie Eilish is dumb because she hasn't seen Van Halen? That movie sucks. Hugh Jackman's worst performance easy.
— t. (@handsome_pal) December 2, 2019