Masculinity means different things to different people. Some people think it means gay bashing (when actually what is more masculine than two guys loving each other)? Other people think it means having to show your insecurities by attacking others in the name of free speech. KKWarslut from Destroyer 666 has been extra repugnant the last few weeks defending himself like a caveman saying he isn’t racist but saying effeminate men are a detriment to the metal scene and calling women “bitches” in the same breath on Facebook threads.
I have stood shirtless with Manowar fans drunk yelling “May your sword be wet, like a young girl in her prime”. If that was a default setting for how metal always has to be, however, it would quickly lose any relevance and be worse than Spinal Tap for lack of the cerebral.
Look, no one cares if you don’t like modern gender theory, KK. Fact is, modern life is more aware and nuanced thankfully than ever before and allows a society where people like Mina Caputo can transition bravely or even Metal Riot’s own Longhairedpoet who helps run this site every day, you ungrateful fuckers. I myself am bi but lots of trauma and have a hard time trusting even nice smelling men who hit on me at bars and are sweet. Out of the forty or fifty girls I have dated over the years casually or seriously, the MAJORITY told me experiences in their past of being raped. Think about that. Heartbreaking. Is it any wonder after being closeted so long and hearing so much stuff like that or experiencing a sociopath harass someone dear to me that I’d have a hard time subbing for anyone often?
In the metal scene, you should be able to have any look, style, gender, fluidity…whatever. Even faux military looks in black metal don’t bother me if the band isn’t hateful towards women, gays, other races, etc. I don’t care if you have a vagina on your God Damn face if we are mutual fans of something (or anyway). This is supposed to be an inclusive place. Maybe I’m more of a hardcore kid at heart with unity shit like that than some black metal outdated bullshit that is actually pathetic and not rebellious. Fear of others for perceived weakness is not strength.
There are still problems. Orlando proved that. G.L.O.S.S. shouldn’t have to advocate violent revenge on their new album Trans Day Of Revenge. It shouldn’t have to get that sadly dark but people are murdered while others laugh and show no compassion or objectivity, so their rage is understandable.
But briefly back to Destroyer 666…10,000 metal fans buying a cd from a guy who casually uses “faggot” and says men shouldn’t be effeminate in an election year could definitely have a negative social impact if they then go and vote for Trump (again, you have to follow the above link to know what I’m referencing).
So, some very welcome news today comes from Slipknot then. The Iowa outsiders who became HUGER than fuck have done something VERY cool:
When we started this tour, we had reservations about playing in North Carolina because of a law recently passed there called HB2. The law halts the rights of LGBTQ people, doesn’t allow for cities to pass a living wage for the working class. We believe that regardless of who you are, or what you believe in this country- and in our own metal community- that everyone should be given access to equal opportunities they need to succeed. This law flies in the face of those values.
We believe that regardless of who you are, or who you love, you shouldn’t have to face hatred at home or in your community. Our fans in North Carolina deserve better, so we decided not to cancel. We don’t care where you pee- just please flush. It’s pretty simple, really.
We’ve decided to partner with Equality NC, the LGBTQ advocacy group leading the fight against this hateful bill. You can talk to Equality NC at our show about how to get involved, and get registered to vote in NC. That way we won’t have to talk about this the next time we come back there. We’re coming to North Carolina to show our fans that they can make the difference needed to repeal this law and return their state to a place that welcomes everyone and values differences.
We here at Metal Riot are thrilled to see a band so big in a genre often still too callous take a stand for the right thing.