Fans on social media are divided as Billie Eilish admits she doesn’t know who legendary rock band Van Halen are.
The 17-year-old musician appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, but today the incident is trending on Twitter with fans both defending and shaming the star for her admission.
“You know who Madonna is?” asks the show’s host, to which Billie advises she does. “Can you name a Van Halen?” he asks.
“Who?” the star responds.
“I’m going to start crying,” responds Jimmy.
Fans have taken to Twitter to defend the future legend for not knowing who the California hard rock band are.
Billie Eilish was born after 9/11 and people expect her to know who Van Halen was? 9/11 was my first memory and I’m fucking 25
— sarah schauer 🦂 (@SJSchauer) December 3, 2019
i barely remember who Van Halen was and i’m in my 30s. https://t.co/vLWIg5QVvY
— Give Rosalía A Grammy Committee President (@theneedledrop) December 3, 2019
The same people making fun of Billie Eilish for not knowing about Van Halen are the same guys commenting “who? I’ve never heard of them” on articles about literally any extremely popular artist from the last decade.
— Melanie Bracewell (@meladoodle) December 3, 2019
Van Halen could be walking down the street and I wouldn’t have a clue.
— Jasmyn (@JasmynBeKnowing) December 3, 2019
Meanwhile, others have shamed the musician for not knowing the legendary band.
OH MY GOD BILLIE EILISH DOESNT KNOW WHO VAN HALEN IS HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE AND WHO IS BILLIE EILISH
— Josh Hara (@yoyoha) December 3, 2019
It’s Van Halen, how the f*ck does anyone involved in the music industry not know the legendary name of Van Halen?
— Tornado of Souls (@acekitevski1984) December 3, 2019