You may have heard that Glenn Danzig is suing Jerry Only over royalties to Misfits merchandising. Merchandising which can be found in every mall Spencer's Gifts and Hot Topic across the country. But that's not why America was pissed off last night.
At the Billboard Music Awards (those still exist?), the vocalist of 5 Seconds of Summer, whom Wikipedia identifies as a "pop rock" band, who I have to assume at one point visited one of these malls and purchased a Misfits tee, wore it to the award show causing the internet to lose its shit. As if this was some sort of tragedy. It's as if the world at large had never heard of the Misfits. Here's a sampling of tweets:
— janice morris (@msjanicemorris) May 19, 2014
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) May 19, 2014
Uhh, you know Danzig is still alive, right? He may sleep in a grave though, so you have a point!
I can understand misfits being like we don't want to be represented in this light or whatever but middle aged men getting mad or it is dumb
— latrice (@_teapain) May 19, 2014
I can't see the Misfits being upset about free exposure on national TV and through all this outrage.
And I'm not so sure how Glen Danzig would feel about that kid wearing a Misfits shirt
— DJ Teach? (@PhilipMFriedman) May 19, 2014
He wouldn't care!
I dare YOU to name one Misfits song!
Is it really? Wouldn't it be a compliment? Here is somebody who appreciates the same band as you do.
Fuck that 5 seconds of summer band. I should slit that mother fuckers throat for wearing a misfits shirt
— jaketriplesix (@jake_hx) May 19, 2014
Jeez, you sound like a reasonable person.
THESE FREAKING BOY BAND BOYS WEARING PINK FLOYD AND MISFITS SHIRTS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THESE ICONIC BANDS! #BillBoardAwards
— #ᖇᗩᑎᗪOᗰᗩᑕTOᖴᑕOOᒪᑎᗴᔕᔕ in a van down by the river. (@StrokerAceKid) May 19, 2014
This kid singing this pop crap should be smacked for wearing a misfits shirt. Have some respect youngster. #BBMAs
— Jim Bob Cooter – Bunker Inspector (@cooterbobjim) May 19, 2014
Uhh, isn't wearing a t-shirt of a band whom you enjoy a sign of respect?
This sense of entitlement on the internet to bands being theirs is absurd, especially when it comes to such a co-opted brand/band like the Misfits. When you're selling Ugg boot knockoffs, your punk rock cred is basically out the door.
Here is the unbearable performance, by the way: