Saturday, October 05, 2013

Doesn't anyone get tired of the cliché?

cli·ché

[klee-shey, kli-] noun
1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser,  or strong as an ox.
Do we have such clichés in metal? Yes, we do, and they're PC to boot:

Heidi Shepherd – one of the two frontwomen for the Butcher Babies – is emphatic in her opinion that heavy metal should be a little bit more open minded and accepting. ”We’re trying to start a movement where it’s back to where it used to be,” Shepherd told Radio.com. “It didn’t matter what you looked like, what your gender is, where you’re from, what you do for a living. It’s an emotion. It’s about rocking the f*** out!”

Rocking out is something that both Shepherd and fellow Butcher Baby Carla Harvey know a lot about. They also know a little something about having to explain their love for the overtly masculine genre. Harvey said she was teased, threatened, chased home from school, and had her hair pulled for loving metal music. ”I’m half black, I grew up in a black neighborhood, I wasn’t supposed to like heavy metal,” Harvey explained. “At all!”
From "Butcher Babies Bring Diversity & Fierce Femininity to Metal."

How many times do we have to repeat the same "outrage" and "different"-ness before we realize it's a sham?

If this band were any good, they wouldn't be using this crutch. Is this just a way for incompetents to participate?

What about all the metal women and minorities who do not use this crutch? Are they going to try to ride their coattails, and deny their achievement?


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