Who Is This Artist And Why Does She Hate Boston?
You may have noticed a perplexing billboard around the North End of Boston this week (or if you are heading that way soon, you will). It simply contains three giant words, “I HATE BOSTON.” Yes, in all capital letters. It turns out it is connected to the artist Reneé Rapp, which poses the question, why does she hate Boston?
Let’s first take a step back. Reneé Rapp is actually both an actress and and singer. She hails from North Carolina and is 23-years-old. Rapp got her start in theatre in Charlotte, which ultimately led her to score a role in Mean Girls on Broadway from 2019 – 2020. Recently, Rapp also played a main role as Leighton Murray in the comedy drama, The Sex Lives of College Girls, on HBO Max.
So that’s who she is. But why does she hate Boston so much that she would express it on a public billboard?
It turns out Rapp is also an artist signed to Interscope Records. Her new record, Snow Angel came out today. If you are now googling the record or looking it up in Spotify, track number two on the album may jump out at you. It’s titled “I Hate Boston.”
CBS Boston found a quote from Rapp discussing the song on WBZ-TV and has a photo of the billboard. “It’s more fun when people don’t know, and are very curious as to why I would do such a thing, and it is to incite fights and arguments. Cause you guys [in Boston] are very good at that, and you love that,” she said. CBS then noted Rapp has a well-admired reputation for satire.
“How Did You Make Me Hate Boston?”
That is the open lyric to the chorus of Rapp’s song, followed by “It’s not its fault that you don’t love me.” It would appear Rapp is telling a story of an experience with someone who associates a bad experience with Boston.
Things should get interesting this fall when Rapp returns to Boston for her (already sold-out) show at the Roadrunner. Rapp’s Facebook page also has a photo of another “I Hate Boston” sign from her video.