In honor of the groundbreaking producer and artist’s tragic death, fans of SOPHIE are coming together from around the world to make sure her legacy is never forgotten.
One fan, Christian Arroyo, found a creative way to pay tribute: getting NASA to name a planet after the artist. In just two days, Arroyo’s petition to NASA and the scientists who discovered the planet, titled, “NASA, name TOI-1338 b in honor of SOPHIE” has over 60,000 signatures and is quickly barreling toward the goal of 75,000.
The description for the petition says that SOPHIE’s “messages, actions, and music left an insurmountable impression on many LGBTQIA+ individuals. She always pushed a message of individuality and expressing your true self which resonated throughout everything she did.”
The petition continues, “when artist renditions of TOI 1338 b (a circumbinary exoplanet discovered by Wolf Cukier and fellow scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) were featured in the press following the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, many fans noticed the similarities between the interpretations and the aesthetic sense of SOPHIE’s visual work.”
Specifically, fans see a lot of one of her album covers. “SOPHIE released an album in 2018, titled Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides,” Arroyo said, “On the cover art for the album, SOPHIE sits surrounded by water in an ethereal setting. Recently revealed images TOI-1338 b, a planet discovered in the Summer of 2019 by Wolf Cukier, bear a resemblance to the setting pictured on the cover of Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides."
Arroyo finishes out the statement saying, “I am requesting, at the discretion of the incredible scientists who discovered the planet, that TOI 1338 b be named in honor of the great LGBT+ influence, SOPHIE. Her fans would love to pay homage by having her name be remembered in this way and for her influence to continue to flourish for years to come.”
Fans and friends of SOPHIE’s from around the world have been sharing the petition, including Charli XCX, a frequent collaborator of SOPHIE’s.
The 34-year-old producer, who was Out’s Artist of the Year in 2018, died last week after accidentally falling while climbing to see the full moon. At the time, Charli XCX released a statement, saying “It’s really hard for me to sum up the special connection I felt with such an amazing person who completely changed my life.” She continued, “But for now, all I can is that I will miss her terribly; her smile, her laugh, her dancing in the studio, her gentle inquisitive voice, her cutting personality, her ability to command a room without even trying, her incredible vision and mind.”
“I wish I had told her more how special she was, not just her music, but her as a person,” XCX said, “I love you and I will never forget you Sophie.”