After a reasonably successful show last night at Scumbags, I was turned onto a Tumblr post made a while back which chronicled the disgusting misogynistic statements made by members of a Pittsburgh band. I’m not going to name them and feed their delusions of “fame,” though it probably wouldn’t take too much Googling to find this stuff.
I know that I kind of disappeared for five years and that things have changed a little bit, but WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED? When did the type of misogynistic shit that’s included in the photo above and screenshots below become so acceptable? Why is any local band willing to share a stage with this type of nonsense? Why is any local venue allowing a band who obviously hates women? Is it just a matter of not having seen/heard about this behavior? Is the fact that this band can draw 40 people to a show greenwashing the fact that they simply are not good people? I’m not sure, but I really hope that it’s just a matter of ignorance, not the willful turning of a blind eye to this bullshit.
If you’re in a band and you know who I’m talking about, you should be refusing to share a stage with this band. Fuck it. If you refuse to play with them, I’ll give you a show to make up for it, even if your not of a genre that I’d typically book.
I’m sure that some members of this band are going to laugh about this post, probably call me some combination of “faggot,” “hater,” or “jealous,” then make fun of my appearance. I know this because members of that band gave me shit about my article about headhunting in the mosh pit. I don’t give a shit.
We’re going to turn this into something positive. We’ve reached out to Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, and we’re going to discuss doing a few benefit shows. We’ve reached out and offered Girls Rock! Pittsburgh free advertising for anything that they need.
Women are an integral part of this scene, and should be treated as such. There’s more to a scene than making “sick” music. It’s a cohesive unit, working together for the greater good. If you don’t want to be involved with that, whatever… but we’re still going to call you on your bullshit.