This week, Lynzy Lab, a dance teacher at Texas State University, wrote an original song mocking Donald Trump’s totally unsupported claim that it’s a “very scary time for young men in America.” Unsurprisingly, the song, titled “A Scary Time,” immediately went viral, racking up over 11 million views on Twitter and over 100,000 retweets. On Thursday, Lab’s whirlwind week continued when Jimmy Kimmel invited her to sing “A Scary Time” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she gave the performance of a lifetime in honor of the International Day of the Girl.
Kimmel introduced Lab with a short speech about how the response to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony shifted something in his understanding. “There’s a lot of women, like my wife, who say, ‘You don’t know what it’s like to be a woman,’” said Kimmel. “And until I started hearing these stories, I really didn’t know what it was like to be a woman.” The host then gave the stage to Lab, who immediately dove into the performance.
Lab’s song will resonate with every woman who has felt unsafe for reasons beyond her own control. “I can’t use public transportation after 7 p.m. I can’t be brutally honest when you slide into my DMs. I can’t go to the club just to dance with my friends. And I can’t ever leave my drink unattended,” she sang. “But it sure is a scary time for boys.” Of course it is!
Lab released “A Scary Time” immediately following Kavanaugh’s confirmation, so it’s no surprise that the lyrics hit directly at the multiple sexual assault allegations he is facing. “It sure is a scary time for boys,” she sang. “It’s really tough when your reputation’s on the line, and any woman you’ve assaulted could turn up any time.” Another verse spoke to the privilege of Kavanaugh and many other abusers. “Girls like to act like you’re to blame and they’re the victim. Her dress was short and she was drunk, she’s not so innocent. Thank god your dad’s the judge and you won’t be convicted,” sang Lab.
As Lab sang, she was joined onstage by women of all ages — including a group of young girls who proudly sang alongside her (I may or may not have teared up when they walked onstage). Together, the women concluded with a note of hope: “It’s time for women to rise up, use our collective voice. The day to vote’s November 6th, so let’s go make some noise.”
Watch Lab’s performance in the video above. You might get choked up, but it will definitely light a fire under your ass this Friday morning.