One is amongst the most prolific Eurovision songwriters of recent years. The other is a one-time national finalist who’s gained much notoriety on social media. And on Monday 20 July, the former — Laurell Barker — called out the latter — Aly Ryan — over a weeks’ old TikTok video.
Laurell Barker calls out Aly Ryan over S!sters TikTok
Aly Ryan’s TikTok
Aly Ryan was a fan favourite to win Germany Eurovision 2019 selection, with the uptempo club banger “Wear Your Love”. Yet despite her futuristic staging, she finished mid-table, far behind the winners S!sters. In the months since she’s grown a reputation for winding up fans on social media — from her campaigns to enter multiple national finals to her TikTok videos.
It was one of the latter that caught Laurell Barker’s attention — a 9 May TikTok which Ryan shared on Twitter with the caption “How to loose bad at #Eurovision vs. how to win @Eurovision 🤮 (German NF)”.
In the 25-seconds short, Ryan compares and contrasts footage of her performance with that of S!sters. Although she remains silent, her face is very expressive throughout. “A year later + still in therapy” reads the final caption.
— Aly Ryan ? (@alyryanmusic) May 9, 2020
Laurell Barker’s Instagram response
Now, well over two months later, the clip has come to the attention of Laurell Barker — one of the songwriters behind “Sister”.
Taking to her Instagram stories, Laurell shared her displeasure at Aly Ryan’s diss. In the process, she also takes aim at some of the staging decisions made by the German delegation in 2019.
“Here is why I wrote #sister for #eurovision: because I wanted to spread the idea that empowered women empower women. Just because it didn’t get portrayed the way it deserved by a group of men who wouldn’t listen and had no idea how to portray the message doesn’t mean that the publically throwing Carlotta, Laura, and my work under the bus is acceptable. That’s not what truly empowered women do. And if you think I’m talking about the other female competitors in the show who lost, I am. You hunnies can do better”.
“Empowered women do not tear down other women @alyryanmusic”.
The scribe, responsible for hits like “She Got Me” and “All The Feels”, ends on a conciliatory note:
“To be clear, this is not throwing hate, this is an invitation to be accountable + apologize. @alyryanmusic may you never encounter the same disrespect/sabotage you showed my girls + my work”.
Aly Ryan has yet to publically respond.
What do you think of Laurell’s comments? Do you agree? Was Aly’s TikTok offensive? Let us know in the comments.