Krewella Explain Why Monica Lewinsky Is A Hero, Call Out Deadmau5

The DJ duo tells MTV News why public shaming has to stop.

With reporting by Andrew Maclean

Krewella is no stranger to online humiliation. The sister DJ duo were once the target of cyber-bullying when they parted ways their DJ partner Kris "Rain Man" Trindl for alcohol and drug issues and "pretending to DJ" onstage. But that didn't stop people online from throwing out sexist remarks, saying they threw out the guy who did all the work.

Even today, during their set at Ultra Music Festival, Deadmau5 took to Twitter, claiming that the sisters were faking their performance.


Turns out, he didn't know what he was talking about. It's still hard for people to believe that lady DJs know their sh--.

And that's why, when MTV News caught up with Krewella, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf adamantly argued why public shaming has to stop. It's ironic because they chatted with us, just hours before Deadmau5 made his comments.

"With freedom comes great responsibility. Think before you post," they said. "Always think before you post. Will you still back that post tomorrow? Will you still be comfortable with what you said tomorrow? Will you be OK that you hurt someone tomorrow?"

The sisters stump for Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern whom former President Bill Clinton admitted to having an "inappropriate relationship" with. Earlier this month, Lewinsky made a Ted Talk, discussing how online bullying almost drove her to suicide, and how she will forever live with her mistakes aired out in public. Lewinsky's speech hit home for Krewella, and they promoted it on their Twitter.

"When I watched that speech, I related to every single thing she said," they said. "When I go to the end, I was tearing up because I felt for her. I knew exactly what that felt like."

In a male-dominated genre, they've encountered sexism, and that sexism had been pointed at Lewinsky, who was labeled as a "slut" and a "bimbo" for her romance with Clinton. But, as people don't understand, and as Lewinsky said in her talk: "It was easy to forget that that woman was dimensional, had a soul and was once unbroken."

"Our generation is really caught up on public shaming and it is so acceptable, especially toward women it's acceptable," Krewella said. "The things you can say to a woman are so acceptable, but if you say them to a man, people will say you're wrong. I really thought her speech was admirable and incredible."