Van Halen wass trending on Twitter Monday because Billie Eilish doesn’t know who they are.
During an interview on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! two weeks ago, host Jimmy Kimmel tested her knowledge of older pop culture. At one point, he asks Eilish, “Can you name a Van Halen?” “Who?” she responded.
The clip then resurfaced online when someone tweeted, “Billie Eilish didn’t know who Van Halen was, I’m sobbing.” While some people were shocked and appalled by this idea, another user than quote-retweeted the original tweet, and added “Wow 17 year old girl doesn’t know of a band [whose] peak was nearly 40 years ago, that’s crazy aha.”
Who is Billie Eilish and why does he (or she) not know who Van Halen is? pic.twitter.com/awFXsDb38l
— Ray Takes Pictures (@RayTakesPix) December 2, 2019
doesn’t matter if their peak was 40 years ago lmao if you don’t know van halen there’s some sort of problem with your music knowledge https://t.co/hfUVjTi1dR
— s☀️ (@avfsara) December 2, 2019
but others have come to her defense
She’s 17. I’m 18 and didn’t know who they were. 🤷♀️ It all depends on different music tastes, Billie wouldn’t be able to name a lot of classic artists while older people wouldn’t be able to name a lot of the hip hop artists she listens to.
— gingerbread man (@darlingdevvil) December 2, 2019
including Eddie Van Halen’s son
Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want and don’t shame others for not knowing what you like.
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) December 2, 2019