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Major Record Label Makes A Joke That A Lot Of People Found Pretty Sexist

On Thursday, Spinnin' Records posted a photo of a turntable retrofitted into a burner, along with the comment "Pioneer finally developed a CD-J for women." Many in the music community aren't happy about it.

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Almost immediately backlash began to pour in against Spinnin' Records, criticizing them for being sexist.

@SpinninRecords Actually can't believe you'd tweet such a sexist thing. While its a joke, it's probably not a good idea.

Trevor Leon

@trevorleon

@SpinninRecords Actually can't believe you'd tweet such a sexist thing. While its a joke, it's probably not a good idea.

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Many of those speaking up included well-known DJs who were upset with Spinnin' Records for showing little tact.

@MartireMusic @SpinninRecords @PioneerDJ Wow....Weren't you just talking about this the other day @JessieVenom?

Mike Saint-Jules

@MikeSaintJules

@MartireMusic @SpinninRecords @PioneerDJ Wow....Weren't you just talking about this the other day @JessieVenom?

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. @SpinninRecords @PioneerDJ wow what a sexist tweet! I'm pretty sure I use my cdj-2000s way more than my stove! @LaidbackLuke 's the chef!

Gina Turner

@DJGINATURNER

. @SpinninRecords @PioneerDJ wow what a sexist tweet! I'm pretty sure I use my cdj-2000s way more than my stove! @LaidbackLuke 's the chef!

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wowww yikes spinnin... bold move for the fb page. #misogny #newlow #mightwannadeletethis

kalkutta

@djkalkutta

wowww yikes spinnin... bold move for the fb page. #misogny #newlow #mightwannadeletethis

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time to prove a point. RT this if you agree that this @spinninrecords post was sexist and disgusting.

The Jane Doze

@thejanedoze

time to prove a point. RT this if you agree that this @spinninrecords post was sexist and disgusting.

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Famous media moguls, such as Cindy Gallop, also began to weigh in, arguing that this is just one of the examples of what women in music still have to deal with.

Sexism is alive & well in music RT @spinninrecords Thanks @PioneerDJ for finally developing a CD-J suitable for women http://t.co/eR0kUGSRZp

Cindy Gallop

@cindygallop

Sexism is alive & well in music RT @spinninrecords Thanks @PioneerDJ for finally developing a CD-J suitable for women http://t.co/eR0kUGSRZp

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Hey @boreta this is what women in electronica are fighting @spinninrecords @pioneerdj http://t.co/zppspEV8KX cc @thejanedoze #changetheratio

Cindy Gallop

@cindygallop

Hey @boreta this is what women in electronica are fighting @spinninrecords @pioneerdj http://t.co/zppspEV8KX cc @thejanedoze #changetheratio

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On Friday, Sept. 13, Spinnin' Records posted the following apology to their Facebook.

Some offered their support in defense of the photo, calling it nothing more than a joke.

However just hours before issuing its second apology via Facebook, Eelko van Kooten, co-founder of Spinnin' Records had the following to say on Twitter to Claire Schlissel, of the DJ duo, The Jane Doze.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, The Jane Doze posted a personal statement to their Tumblr regarding their feelings on this situation and sexism in the EDM industry as a whole.

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"In our three and a half years together as The Jane Doze, we have not only witnessed but also been the target of sexism on numerous occasions – in live settings, in professional settings, in digital settings. And it is worth noting that the perpetrators are not exclusively male. Attitudes from females in the dance music industry have also reflected the pervasive sentiment that women are less capable of making or spinning music... cont'd."