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ATTILA Frontman's Defense of Homophobic Slur Use Doesn't Make Any Sense

Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

You may have seen the article Shayne wrote yesterday imploring metalheads to stop using the term "faggot." The article wasn't about censorship or being PC it was simply asking everybody to try to come up with a better insult than "faggot" to use when disagreeing with one's taste in heavy metal.

Semi-related, Attila released the first single off their next album Guilty Pleasure called "Proving Ground" a few days ago, and the hook of the song features the lyrics "Who's the faggot now?"

Naturally, this led to some eyerolls, most notably by the band Senses Fail:

This sent Attila frontman Chris Fronziak on the defensive writing:

Guess what, Chris? You're getting press for talking shit on bands twice your age! After all of this back and forth, Chris felt he needed to further explain his use of the slur in the song, saying it's all about staying positive. Here is his exact defense:

So, if I understand correctly, he's saying that the song is trying to turn hatred into positivity. However, by calling these theoretical bullies "faggots" he is basically stooping to their levels of negativity. He's just being more negative, but taking their negativity and throwing it back at them. Where is the positivity?

I don't think Fronz has anything against gay people but his logic is flawed and offensive. Faggot is being used in a negative connotation and by using his lyrics to effectively say "I know you are but what am I?" he is just perpuating the negative stereotype.

Now, I'll just sit back, eat some popcorn and wait for the freedom of speech comments to pour in.

[via Lambgoat]

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