Hey y’all. How is everyone today? Time for some Thursday highlights as we wade through the muck and mire of this week. Today is my mom’s bday and she has dementia so I need to go visit her and not spend too much time on riffs today, but here are a few items of note.
After many years in prog metal/viking blackened veterans Enslaved, drummer Cato Bekkevold, who has played with the band since 2003, has quit the influential band. No word yet on a replacement. Here is one of my favorite performances of his on the brilliant song “To The Coast”.
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails had some words regarding Taylor Swift this week. “You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot,” Reznor told The New York Times.
Why did you only use her name, dude? There is only one Taylor selling out arenas and breaking records as a woman left and right at the moment. You could have listed some other top tier artists also but picked a soft target scape-goat. So let me help clear things up. And I saw the Downward Spiral Tour at MSG in the day, y’all so don’t act like I am ignorant about what Nine Inch Nails is about. I listen to The Fragile more than a LOT of other albums. I also firmly am pro punching nazis.
Still, as an indoctrinated Swift supporter who once was an ignorant hater of her and as a lifelong metalhead and political activist, I think Trent is way off the mark with Taylor. People are erasing what Taylor has actually done.
She donated to March For Our Lives and RAINN despite it alienating any conservative fans she had because she knew it was the right thing to do, had 2,000 foster kids to her show free and met them all, went through a sexual assault trial, KimYe Snapchat gaslighting and her mom’s cancer recently and whatever she does she is called ‘overshadowing’ so she has preferred to let her donations and her constant support of LGBTQ speak for her beliefs. How much have you donated recently, Trent?
She worked with so many black artists and it is far beyond tokenism but still gets called a nazi even after working with Kendrick because someone thought one lyric of “I rose up from the dead” in LWYMMD was about a nazi army returning? Reach, much?
You know the far right will get excited about white paint on a picket fence, right? That doesn’t mean it is a nazi fence. I thought her song “Starlight” about The Kennedy family plus liberal boyfriends and watching 13th documentary with Todrick weren’t exactly David Duke’s cup of tea.
Consider also that if Taylor had come out and just said ‘Fuck Trump’ right away a lot of conservative fans would have been told to burn her albums and thus lost probably the most empowered female artist on their radar who actually has been working hard and playing instruments/writing songs since she was a kid turning down bad development deals other artists would have jumped on to their detriment. Instead she kept them listening and then took their money and used it to educate them about supporting gay rights and pro peace measures to stop gun violence.
The most problematic thing about Taylor is that one of her music video directors Joseph Kahn is sexist casually often and rude to her fans and believes pit bulls should be killed, so I detest him and hopefully he does not stay on much longer. He often makes bad decisions that get her dragged. A lot of her fans have been vocal that they dislike him so we really are hoping Taylor fires him like she did a sexist dancer recently.
Here is my gf trying to get through to Trent.
Don't you think it's a bit ironic you are releasing an album called "Bad Witch" and you are using Taylor Swift as your scape goat for representation of what's wrong with the world. "They're burning all the witches even if you aren't one, so light me up" – @taylorswift13
— Globelamp (@globelamp) June 20, 2018
Taylor is not ALWAYS super vocal but at least puts her donations and support out there. Maybe her pro LGBTQIA speech didn’t feel political enough and important to YOU, Trent…but to many of those of us who fall under one or more of those letters it was very important.
A lot of liberal artists are out there saying one thing about loving Clinton like Katy Perry but were still supporting MAGA Kanye or kissing his ass (Courtney Love). Meanwhile Kanye is literally saying naively that he gave MAGA a new direction and caping for Trump even as he put kids in makeshift concentration camps but then people say “separate the art from the artist.” Kanye is putting out an album a week with problematic people (as well as being one himself) and DO YOU ALL REALLY THINK Kim Kardashian was super invested in long term prison reform when her husband is helping support Trump and they couldn’t even keep supporting a charity named after Kanye’s own mom? Now THAT is some optics.
Or XXXTentacion dies (of course it is sad when a life is wasted young) and everyone says “he was changing” to ignore the bad things he did like they don’t matter when he showed barely a shred of evidence of contrition or accountability. He literally just a week or two before his death in the very well done article by Tarpley Hitt said feminism is bad and women have the real power over men and had a tweet up for like 5 years on Twitter saying he wanted to murder Taylor Swift, but ok, y’all. Nice guy alert! Who is covered with a gay man’s blood laughing in front of their crying mom and then gets more violent after that? But let’s say Taylor is the most problematic.