Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Who's So Queer?

Here's a fun news item: a site called Love God's Way has posted a watch list of bands who they think help spread the dangers of homosexuality to kids through their music. That's right, Fortress America: you may have shunned the homosexual in the street and banned him from your television, but he's still spreading the gay to your children through their CDs and MP3s! Panic! Ban the bands!

The site is down, unfortunately (I think people might have taken the request to "please email us so we can update" if "you know of a band that is Gay or propogating a Gay message" a little too seriously - and can you really blame them?), but the good people at Idolator have the most recent version of the list up in all of its glory...and it's got at least two metal bands on it: Judas Priest and Metallica.

Now, if you're going to go through the puerile exercise of labeling bands as "gay," I guess Judas Priest is going to be a choice as any - "Ram It Down" isn't just about bringing the metal show to town. But Metallica? Is it because they hail from San Francisco? Or maybe Kirk Hammett's piercing obsession during the Load period? Actually, you know what? I've got it: you're really just pissed about the direction the band went with St. Anger. I know it wasn't the sonic gem we were all expecting, but they can't all be Master of Puppets. The 80s are over, man...you have to accept that.

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