LEXINGTON, Mass. — Green Party presidential nominee and former ’90s folk-rock musician Dr. Jill Stein has formally requested a recount of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2016, according to paperwork submitted to Suffolk County Superior Court early this morning.
Days after Rolling Stone published their list of albums, Stein sent out a tweet to her 248,000 followers, reading, “We need a system in the U.S. where the best albums of the year are not selected by a small group of Rolling Stone elites #Recount2016.”
“We have absolutely no idea what she means,” said Kris Moosher, a spokesperson from Rolling Stone. “There wasn’t a vote, so there isn’t really anything to recount. We keep getting letters from Stein — actual mailed in letters — telling us our voting system is corrupt, all signed, ‘The American People.’ But we are very transparent about the fact that our staff just chooses what albums we liked for the year.”
Stein’s website, though, tells a different story. Along with a link to donate money is a message from Stein to potential donors: “Friends, end-of-the-year list integrity needs YOU! Data suggests discrepancies in the results of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Albums of 2016. This is, of course, evident by the fact that the list does not once mention what is obviously the best album of 2016: Tegan and Sara’s eighth studio album, Love You To Death. We must band together to fight the blatant voter fraud committed at Rolling Stone.”
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In a recent interview with the New York Times, Stein further criticized Rolling Stone’s decision-making methods. “It’s clear there has been unprecedented use of aggressive gerrymandering in Rolling Stone’s best album list if something like the Stranger Things soundtrack didn’t even makes it onto the list,” she said. “The fact of the matter is, we need to audit these systems by default, so we actually know for sure that musicians like Beyoncé and David Bowie beat out artists like 4 Non Blondes who, despite disbanding in 1994, are clearly what the majority of people are listening to in America.”
Despite detractors, Dr. Stein has amassed a remarkable $37 from supporters, almost entirely from college freshmen, to help push her efforts forward. Stein has not clarified where exactly that money will be going, but many suspect it will fund more angry letters to Rolling Stone.