Grimes Wants Her Comments About Drug Use Off Wikipedia but That's Not Fair
Wikipedia is a fickle friend. Sure, it'll help you learn about everything under the sun, but you can't rely on it for anything. And being an online encyclopedia, it doesn't take sides, which is why electronic musician Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) finds herself in her current predicament. The 26-year-old previously made statements regarding her use of amphetamines while making her first album, and Grimes now wants these statements taken off her Wikipedia page.
Let's back up to the quote in question: two years ago, while doing an interview with CMJ for her first album Visions, Grimes described the environment in which her creation was born. "I blacked out the windows and did tons of amphetamines and stayed up for three weeks and didn't eat anything," she said. But now, after losing some good friends to the influence of drugs, Grimes wants the statement retracted from her Wikipedia page. In a post on her Tumblr, she says:
Wikipedia has not taken down the statement but, in true Wikipedia fashion, they have noted Grimes' dissent below the original quote. And truthfully, although her statements are positive, her anger is a little misdirected. Grimes made the quote on the record, and even if Wikipedia did take it down (although they're still perfectly within their rights to use it), it will still exist in the original interviews.
While Grimes taking a stance against Wikipedia may be ineffective, her statements are not. The important part of her Tumblr post isn't where she takes Wikipedia to task; it's where she clarifies her stance on hard drugs. She can't change the past or retract her quotes, but she can take a stand and look toward the future. She may have used drugs in the past, but her experiences since then have changed her. Many musicians either glorify hard drugs or remain mum on the subject, but Grimes talking about how drugs have hurt her and people she loves can help a lot of people.
She can't take back the statements she's made in the past, but it's admirable she's made new ones, ones that will make her a better, more positive role model for her fans.