The 'Sex Pistols' Of Tik-Tok May Be Just Like The IRL 'Sex Pistols': A Made-Up Band
The Tramp Stamps once had all the makings to be a digital age pop-punk smash. With each of their members respectively donning pink, blue, and purple hair and fishnet tights, the trio, in all their confident Scooby-Doo Hex Girls-inspired glory, quickly climbed their way to the top of every Zoomer's "for you" page. Sharing their covers of popular mid-aughts staples, like All-American Rejects's “Gives You Hell,” their takes on viral challenges, including a video transforming themselves into boys to the tune of Mike Posner's “Please Don't Go” that garnered more than 1.7 million likes, and sharing snippets of their own original songs, Tramp Stamps hit alt TikTok's viral jackpot.
In the roughly five months since their TikTok debut last November, The trio, consisting of Marisa Maino, Caro Baker, and Paige Blue managed to amass more than 386,000 followers, supporters flocking to their every post. “I have to say, ya'll are gonna make it big. I'm so glad to have come across yall's music,” wrote one fan on one of their videos from late January. “It's the real life hex girls!” wrote another, on a later post promoting their single “Sex With Me,” referencing the animated iconic all-girl rock group. “I'm in love with you all.”
Yet in a true testament to the capricious nature of viral success, Tramp Stamps's fame quickly soured into infamy, a downfall perhaps singlehandedly catalyzed by a clip promoting their latest single, “I'd Rather Die." An upbeat pop-punk installment with a hook of “I'd rather die than hook up with another straight white guy,” the song and accompanying TikTok, reposted in a similar format to their Instagram page, sparked alarm from fans, with several listeners raising concerns that the single fetishizes LGBTQAI+ People of Color and saying that the song may have undertones potentially alluding to possible sexual misconduct ("I'm just sayin' it's not fair to/Leave me hangin' like this").