However while Jack White is heaped (well deserved) praises for his guitar playing, Meg White receives a ton of criticism for her drumming, or is just ignored.
Here's an excerpt from an iTunes review:
"I don't know that America has encountered as much talent as Jack White.... I believe this album is the finest expression of Jack's artistic freedom and it shows you the many facets of his abilities. True to their form The White Stripes take the listener on a journey through different types of expression, no two songs are quite the same... Jack White is to be considered a prophet on some levels and inspired in the very least." - review by hofmary for Get Behind Me SatanAlthough Jack White certainly plays like none other and deserves much praise, the focus on Jack White alone seems to miss the point of their collaboration. Not all of the iTunes reviews are this way, but the fawning over Jack White and dismissal of Meg White is a common motif in reviews and general public opinion.
Jack's spoken out on criticisms of Meg's drumming before. From a 2005 Rolling Stones article, Jack said, "I never thought 'God, I wish Neil Peart was in this band.' It's kind of funny: When people critique hip hop, they're scared to open up, for fear of being called racist. But they're not scared to open up on female musicians, out of pure sexism. Meg is the best part of this band. It never would have worked with anybody else, because it would have been too complicated... It was my doorway to playing the blues."
I've had this discussion with my roommate - he loves the White Stripes, thinks Jack is great, but says Meg is horrible. I asked why he thought she was so bad and he said she didn't match Jack's talent. While he is amazing, that doesn't mean she's terrible. I questioned him on why he thought the band was so great if half of the members were just crap. It just doesn't add up, in my opinion. Meg White's talented and her contribution to the White Stripes helps make up their unique sound - The White Stripes couldn't be the White Stripes without Meg White.
So here's my appreciation for Meg White - she's awesome and rocks out in her own style. I salute you, Meg White. Keep up the good fight.