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Best Coast Singer On Sexual Harassment: ‘It’s Everywhere'

"It doesn’t exist just in my industry."
Bethany Cosentino stopped by "The Daily Show" to speak with Trevor Noah about sexual assault in the music industry. 
Bethany Cosentino stopped by "The Daily Show" to speak with Trevor Noah about sexual assault in the music industry. 

In January, Dirty Projectors frontwoman Amber Coffman tweeted that music publicist Heathcliff Berru had sexually harassed her. After Coffman came forward with her story, she quickly gained support from other women in the music industry -- one of them being musician Bethany Cosentino. 

Cosentino, one half of the rock duo Best Coast, stopped by "The Daily Show" Thursday night to promote Best Coast's new album. She also spoke about sexism in the music industry and why she decided to publicly support Coffman. 

"As a woman I felt it was so important to support my peer, my female peer," Cosentino told "The Daily Show's" Trevor Noah. "I didn’t realize that it was going to become such a huge thing. I thought, you know what, I’m going to back Amber because that’s what I feel that I should do, this is an incredibly important conversation that I think we should have.”

Cosentino added that sexual harassment isn't specific to the music industry. “Sexism and sexual harassment… It’s everywhere. It doesn’t exist just in my industry which is music," she said. 

Watch the full interview below. 

Towards the end of the conversation, Noah asked Cosentino how female musicians strike a balance between sex appeal and empowerment: "How do you find the balance -- how do we respect Nicki Minaj but also find out what an anaconda needs to do with her?"

While Noah's delivery of the question was undoubtedly uncomfortable, Cosentino made up for it with her answer.

"What Nicki Minaj does with Nicki Minaj’s body is Nicki Minaj’s choice," Cosentino said. "What Nicki Minaj sings about, what she chooses to wear -- that’s her business."

Oh, hell yes. 

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