‘one certainly does best to separate an artist from his work to the extent of not taking him as seriously as his work. He is in the end only the precondition of his work…’
when it rains it pours yes yes that defines things pretty well recently. one thing that has been pouring into the forefront of my mind (because i’ve come across a lot of it recently) is an unfortunately large amount of very aggressive attacks on homosexuality by men who (let’s not make too many assumptions but…) like to build their muscles and act stupidly so that they can get into confrontations with other people and hurt them and then tell people so they look really big when they haven’t even had to put in the brain power to at least try and argue a case for the greater good and therefore have had an easy argument to fight.
mostly, in my recent experience of this gay bashing, this has been the case with the whole trapped under ice feud. i took a slight interest in reading what some of the TUI fans had to say in defence of the incident and band so that i could assess the situation and decide who i felt was right. i had to conclude that any TUI hater is a friend of mine because you simply cannot smash a fan in the face for singing your song. but anyway, we’ve all heard that before and a lot of these defences for TUI happened to include a lot about being a pussy for not wanting violence from band to audience at hardcore shows. hardcore is about violence (news to me i definitely listen to bands who argue exactly the opposite and are hardcore punk. see minor threat as a very basic example). if you don’t condone such violence then surely you’re a ‘pussy’ (one word for coward i’ve never understood, it has an extremely naive string of implications upon body parts and gender, is the vagina afraid of being hurt? i suppose it is… perhaps i am wrong…) or a ‘faggot’. the latter really got to me, why are people automatically cowardly if they’re gay? or automatically gay if they’re cowardly? that word is harsh in sound and gets to me. but mostly it makes no logical sense to connect the parts that if you feel attracted to those humans of the same sex then in any given situation you are going to act cowardly. some people who were defending TUI even went really into sexual descriptions of gay sexual activity and used this as a direct attack on one individual who used his slightly more calm chemical build up to assess the situation right from wrong and concluded that it was wrong to beat a fan in. i just think things have gone far enough; the fact the dictionary now gives the word gay a THIRD meaning (is it something like being stupid?) because school kids (from personal experience, most school kids and especially those with louder mouths haven’t even had the chance to spend time thinking on what they want to really be like as a human, most just fall under the pressures of ill informed comments and words with new meanings. and justifiably so, that is the environment they live in, and they are potentially better beings) have used the word over the years as an insult. REMEMBER THIS OXFORD DICTIONARY, the kids used it as a derogatory term in the first place BECAUSE IT MEANT HOMOSEXUAL AND THEREFORE IS OBVIOUSLY A DIG AT THE NOTION OF BEING HOMOSEXUAL. re think your foundations. stop attacking the gay community. we created the norms that allocate heterosexuality as normal and acceptable and homosexuality as not so. you may not actively hate homosexuality either, but if you use words whos meanings you don’t fully understand then you are overly confident in your ill informed way.
i hope you can view this, and thank you hostage calm for such a great and refreshing t-shirt design. rather than re producing stuff from bands like rancid and the smiths and joy division to make your stuff look cool even though that has very little substance.