Hockey Team’s House Band Dropped After Dissing Jeff Bezos in Amazon-Sponsored Arena
The Northeastern indie supergroup Who Is She? have apparently been dropped as the house band for Seattle Kraken ice hockey games at Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena after the band reportedly insulted Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in song during a recent game.
Amazon, which has headquarters in the area, owns the naming rights to the arena.
Amid a Kraken game last week (Jan. 25), according to a report from Stereogum, Who Is She? performed a cover version of the indie dance-punk group Le Tigre's 1999 song "My My Metrocard," changing the lyrics to fit the Seattle region as "My My ORCA Card." (ORCA is the smartcard payment system for public transit in and around Puget Sound.)
The new lyrics contained the stanza, "Oh no, Jeffrey Bezos / He's such a total jerk / Shut down all the bookstores / Billionaires do not work."
Subsequently, Who Is She? heard they weren't invited back to play.
"In an unfortunate turn of events, apparently we are not welcome back at Jeff Bezos' Climate Pledge Arena for tonight and tomorrow's hockey games," Who Is She? wrote on Twitter on Jan. 27.
They continued, "Glad we got to play our take on this @letigreworld song, we had a blast. Sorry to anyone who was hoping to see us play. Go Kraken!"
Reached for further comment, Who Is She? said to Stereogum they were told that "leadership decided you’re not a good fit for hockey."
Who Is She? features members of area bands Tacocat, Chastity Belt and Lisa Prank.
Climate Pledge Arena, located in Seattle Center in downtown Seattle, was formerly known as KeyArena until 2018. Amazon purchased naming rights in 2020.