The Heavy Metal White Guilt Blame Game

phil_anselmoI was never an Anthrax fan.  Lord knows I’ve tried to like ’em because they sing about Judge Dredd and they had Mort Drucker from Mad magazine illustrate the back cover for their 1988 LP State of Euphoria.  But now I’m done with it.  Bald, goatee wearing, Jewish guitarist Scott Ian pretty much took the cake with his stupidity.  No, I’m not talking about how he’s a Bernie Sanders supporter “In spite how it’s throwing my vote away.”  I’m talking about his recent comment where he feels that former Pantera singer and fellow baldy Phil Anselmo should donate to the Simon Weisenthal Center to show he’s “sincerely sorry” (the article primarily features quotes from another goatee wearing baldy, guitarist Kerry King of Slayer, but Ian’s pathetic comments are at the end) for shouting “white power” and doing a Hitler salute at the end of the set at the latest Dimebash performance.

Now, in my humble opinion, doing a Hitler salute completely out of context in front of people you don’t know, many of whom may be of a darker skin tone, is a pretty boneheaded move.  Nobody is going to dispute that.  But, when you release a video such as the one below, where you’re practically groveling in the dirt and one step above kissing the boot of a black man in prison who is shouting, “who’s your daddy?” before bending you over as you shout “I deserve this!  I fucking deserve this!”, I think the matter should be completely forgotten.  I dunno, you be the judge:

Now, before I go on and continue to make my point about how stupid Scott Ian’s comments were, just take a look at this video.

Real great, huh?  Anthrax, the good time, non-serious, always smiling, party thrash band, shows that they’re ahead of the curve, they’re beyond mere political correctness, they’re so against racism, they’ll do a crossover music video with a notoriously racist and anti-semitic rap group called Public Enemy.  What’s that you say?  Public Enemy isn’t racist or anti-semitic; only Professor Griff is and they duly kicked him out?  Well, then why in the fucking hell is PE’s main man Chuck D singing “Farrakhan’s a prophet and I think you ought to listen to/What he can say to you, what you wanna do is follow for now”?  And yes, we’re talking Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Black Nationalist hate group, the Nation of Islam, who have nary a nice thing to say about white people and especially Jewish people.

Only the leftest of leftists will contest that it’s not a double standard that, if a white band were to sing “David Duke’s a prophet and I think you ought to listen to/What he can say to you, what you wanna do is follow for now”, that white band would look like this:

Catchy tune, eh?  Eh, not really.  I know some people who like this band in spite what they sing about, but I think they’re pretty lousy.  That’s not the point though.  The point is that, without a doubt, there’s a double standard, where someone like Ice Cube can get away with singing “Or your little chop suey ass’ll be a target of the nationwide boycott/Juice with the people, that’s what the boy got/So pay respect to the black fist/or we’ll burn your store, right down to a crisp” or Beyonce can perform at the Superbowl with women dressed like Black Panthers and only a few inquisitive pundits will ask,”but why is one okay and not the other?”

So, that brings us back to Scott Ian and metal in general.  Either Scott Ian is ignorant of who Louis Farrakhan is or he felt that, for a black group, it’s perfectly acceptable to praise anti-white bigots because like the system’s all rigged against them and shit.  Underground music has been getting lefter and lefter.  Whereas punk rock in the 70s and 80s had a few leftist bands that yelled the loudest and were the most popular (actually that’s not entirely true.  The Ramones, Black Flag and Minor Threat are apolitical for the most part, but the Clash introduced Marxist concepts into punk, Crass introduced “anarchism” and the Dead Kennedys were the Jon Stewarts of punk), leftist influence has pretty much dominated the genre in varying degrees, and, since many a punk people now want to enter the field of metal and spread messages of “Social Justice”, the metal scene has also been progressively moving into the realm of political correctness.

I’m a music fan, so I really don’t have the whole Metalgate beef with a band like Cattle Decapitation singing their pro-vegan screed, especially when you can’t even really understand what they’re saying.  What I DO have a problem with is someone like Scott Ian becoming the arbiter of morality and trying to guilt trip Phil Anselmo even more than Anselmo has guilt tripped himself.  For the record, I’m not a Pantera fan as their brand of “groove thrash” and Anselmo’s tough guy, Henry Rollins-esque delivery never really appealed to me, but I respect Anselmo a WHOLE heck of a lot for launching the Housecore label and signing weirdo bands like Author & Punisher and Child Bite, for bringing completely non-commercial underground bands like Neurosis, Morbid Angel and Anal Cunt on tour with them so they could play in front of tens of thousands of people and for spending his hard earned cash on the Housecore music and film festival, giving wider exposure to underground artists and bands.  For crying out loud, he got Goblin, the Italian prog band who did the soundtracks for Suspiria and Dawn of the Dead, into North America!  He should be given some sort of award for that alone!

Now look, I’m no psychic, so I can’t get into Phil Anselmo’s brain and see if he’s truly sorry or if he’s truly “racist” and I really don’t think it matters.  The fact is, he clearly doesn’t want to destroy what he’s worked for for nearly three decades, because, if he did, there IS a fringe industry of white power labels like Resistance who would LOVE to have an endorsement from someone as well known as Phil Anselmo.  The point is that we’ve come so far down this path, that we forget that Tommy Lee went to jail for beating his wife, Ozzy Osbourne the same, that Vince Neill drove drunk and murdered Razzel, the drummer of Hanoi Rocks, that Gene Simmons has pumped and dumped 4,000+ different women without so much as a thought about how it might affect the young lasses’ psyche, that so many musicians have fathered illegitimate children, overdosed on heroin or spread HIV, yet the only thing that really enrages people is the thought that someone might cross that proverbial line of being a “racist.”  Oh, I guess people were pretty outraged over Garry Glittler’s child porn collection, but, even listening to his music is more acceptable than listening to the first Skrewdriver album, the one that doesn’t have any racist lyrics on it.

Now I’m signing out and going back to listening to Manilla Road, reading my Conan books and heading out for night three of Berserker fest.  Cheers and please watch this video from Some Black Guy where he condemns Anselmo’s actions while also completely disputing the concept of “white privilege” in our society.  Good man!

 

Is Leftism Really a Religion?

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Yeah, we say it all the time; leftism is a religion, a sickness and a mental disorder.  But how do we exactly go about proving that?  After all, if I adhere to certain views without an ounce of proof, someone could just as easily call what I believe to be pure zealotry.  And, to be fair, people on the right have done that very thing; Todd Akin comes to mind when he claimed women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape” as a defense for the pro-life stance.  And, boy, did the liberal media have a field day with that one.

Liberal and conservative are just concepts that have little meaning out of context.  After all, I DO stand for classical liberalism – free market, low taxes and economic liberty without much government intrusion – but, the modern left is anything but liberal.  It’s ironic that the leftists make fun of evangelicals so much when they hold to their views with a religious fervor that puts evangelicals to shame.  In order to maintain their narrative, they’ll defy any logic and fact based reasoning, and I shall demonstrate this with three basic examples.

  1. The alleged gender based gap in pay equity: 

    Feminists and leftists contend that women only make $0.77 for every man’s dollar strictly because of gender based discrimination.  Of course we all know that’s bullshit, so we tell these feminists that the reason women only make $0.77 of every man’s dollar is because, when women go to college, they choose fields that are less marketable, such as sociology, women’s studies and communications, rather than more marketable majors such as engineering or math.  They also tend to work fewer hours and take on less stressful, less dangerous and thus less well paying jobs.  In fact this Huffington Post article says that very thing, and, if that ain’t cognitive dissonance, then I don’t know what is.  Of course a reasonable person would then say, “oh, cool, so there isn’t gender based discrimination.  I’m glad that battle is over!”  However the leftist or feminist will call you a misogynist pig or, at very least, tell you “huh, well I don’t agree with that!”  Ergo maintaining faith in the narrative.

  2.  The need for more gun control: 

    This one is really tough for leftists.  The question is always put to them whether they a. are trying eliminate guns altogether or b. whether they just want to make it tougher to obtain guns.  If their point is a., then you’re dealing with a whole different debate in which you can give all kinds of obvious and absurd examples of how useless eliminating guns would be and how that could lead to the slippery slope of implementing knife control, like they do in England or even worse pepper spray control, like they do in Finland, where they teach women to defend themselves from rapists by using the force (notice how the “potential rapist” is a lily white guy and not a Muslim Arab, because portraying the population that ACTUALLY commits the crimes is “racist”).  However, if you’re talking to an honest leftist (which is rare) and this person doesn’t actually want to eliminate guns, but just wants to make it harder to get them, you simply point out that the places with the highest gun crime rates have the strictest gun control measures and that the crimes are committed by hood rats who own illegal firearms.  On top of that, show them that nice areas with nearly zero gun control have zero gun crime, in spite the fact that most of the citizens have a mini arsenal in their homes.  This Bill Whittle video should do nicely.  There, proven!  The person should have one less leftist belief, right?  Well, according to my former friend and ardent, dedicated leftist zealot Ernesto Yermoli: “I’m not watching a video where the guy calls people ‘weanies’.  Edwin, I have friends in Europe who are TERRIFIED of our pro-gun culture.”  Well, Ernesto, I have friends who are terrified of black people, what of it?  The narrative will be maintained.

  3. White police officers are out to get blacks: 

    As the clear and simple evidence shows, police officers are bigots and it’s open season on unarmed, black teenagers.  After all, Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown and Brown was unarmed.  Now, all you have to do to debunk this absolutely silly notion is remember how Michael Brown was strong arming the owner of a convenience store for cigarettes, charged a police officer and tried to grab a gun away from him and that all of the witnesses who allegedly saw the incident lied about it.  On top of that, you have to consider that, like the Trayvon Martin case, the media decided to make it a national news story, rather than a local one and, in the latter case, turned the Hispanic George Zimmerman into a white man.  You also have to look at the statistics, which say that police officers shoot white people way more than they shoot black people, that officers have actually become more reluctant to shoot at blacks for fear of being accused of racism and that the net result of cops deciding not to do their jobs for fear of being accused of racism lead to a huge spike in the murder rate in Baltimore, in which gangs settled all of their scores.  It doesn’t hurt to mention that people living in black neighborhoods prefer to have a police presence to keep their neighborhoods from turning into total bedlam.  Of course, once you explain all of that, hopefully that’s one less leftist view that person will have.  But, things aren’t that easy.  The leftist is sick in the head doesn’t think that way.  Instead he/she/it will say, “YOU’RE RACIST!!! MICHAEL BROWN WAS UNARMED AND DARREN WILSON SHOT HIM!!!  DARREN WILSON IS WHITE, MICHAEL BROWN IS BLACK, THEREFORE RACISM!!!!” Again the narrative will be maintained.

 

Sometimes I wonder where this extreme narcissism and inability to listen to facts comes from.  My friend Dan told me that, as long as I have solid evidence with which to present my points, then people will be reasonable and listen.  If that was the case, then why does Bernie Sanders have a career?

 

 

You Are Now About to Witness the Strength of Capitalism

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In a movie which is allegedly somewhat about the black struggle in America, the first clear message comes from a member of the L.A. Blood gang: “Why don’t y’all gang-bang them books?”  He asks this after stopping a school bus, walking on and pointing a gun directly at some young punk who thought it was cute and funny to flash gang signs of the opposing Crips out of the school bus window.  Nowhere in Straight Outta Compton, the new N.W.A. biopic, is there mention of wealth redistribution or affirmative action.  There is plenty mention of working hard and getting paid for your work.  There is also at least partial condemnation of ghetto culture.  And, when the movie does touch on the Rodney King riots, it’s with ambiguity.

Straight Outta Compton is killing it in the box office this weekend.  I went to see it and the theater was packed.  Some say the movie is doing so well because people identify with the black struggle against the cops, especially in light of the news media blitzkrieg surrounding the deaths of black teenagers at the hands of white police officers.  I say “that’s bullshit”; the reason the movie is doing so well is because of the gonzo campaign behind it; it looks like a whole heck of a lot of fun and N.W.A. has earned legendary status as the group that truly brought gangsta rap to the forefront of popular culture.  There were others before such as Schooly D and Ice T, but neither dropped as many F or N-bombs as N.W.A.

Before you plunk down $10 to see it, just keep in mind that it’s almost two and a half hours long and, with the exception of Ice Cube, who is played by Ice Cube’s son Oshea Jackson Jr., the actors barely resemble who they’re playing.  Also the first two acts are way more enjoyable than the third, which degenerates into Hallmark-style sentimentality as everyone regains their souls, becomes friends again and Eazy E dies of AIDS (presumably after spreading it to many of the fine hoes he implicitly bangs during the movie).

But the main reason I’m writing this piece is to illuminate how this movie makes one point clear: the only color that truly matters in the United States and any other free society is GREEN.

Staight Outta Compton is for the most part apolitical and, certainly, when watching you it, you never get the feeling you’re being preached at that “black lives matter” or that “cops are bastards.”  I’m to wager there are people on both sides of the cop debate who will have strong opinions about the portrayal of the boys in blue; some will feel the cops are being portrayed as purely evil and racist while some will feel they are not being portrayed as evil and racist enough.  I don’t agree with either of these stances; the cops were portrayed like cops.  It’s not politically correct to say this, but the police officers in Straight Outta Compton acted exactly as they would and should when patrolling a gang and crack infested shithole like Compton; if you feel that Ice Cube was treated unfairly when handcuffed and frisked as he exited his buddy’s house right into the scene of a drug bust, ask yourself: if you were a cop and saw a young man dressed in thuggy, gangsta rap clothes, would take the time to differentiate who’s who in a drug bust?  You know you wouldn’t so stop crying “racist.”  Perhaps they were a bit overzealous during the scene where they shoved all five group members to the ground and handcuffed them during the recording of their debut album, Straight Outta Compton, but again, we’re talking about perceptions in the ghetto.  It isn’t pretty or nice, but it’s the truth.  Yes, one does say “nigger” and I don’t agree with this.

In addition to that there is the infamous scene at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit where the police warn the group not to play their anti-cop smear, “Fuck tha Police” for fear of a riot.  They do it anyway, some fire crackers go off and the audience scatters.  In the movie the group is arrested in front of a rebellious crowd who start a riot; in real life the cops met them at their hotel, took them into the station and let them go after getting their autographs.  Truth really is stranger (and funnier) than fiction.

The movie also touches on the war on drugs.  Anyone who grew up in the 80s and watched TV will have a tizzy at seeing one of Reagan’s batter ram tanks destroy a drug house.  The war on drugs is clearly an overreaction to the crack epidemic, however, the movie glosses over probably one of the biggest contradictions in all of rap music: how nearly the entire gangsta rap industry from 1986 onward was funded by crack money.  Either Snoop Doggy Dogg or Eazy E once noted that, they were simply supplying a good to people who wanted it – stay positive, stay strong!

Then there’s the issue of how the group members treated women.  Straight Outta Compton completely avoids mentioning such tasteful, pro-feminist N.W.A. anthems as “A Bitch Iz a Bitch”, “Just Don’t Bite It”, “She Swallowed It”, “One Less Bitch” and “I’d Rather Fuck You” or the time that Dr.Dre physically assaulted Denise Barns in a nightclub and the rest of the group casually joked about it.  Their attitudes are further underscored during one of the orgy sequences that take place at a hotel room; the members throw some woman named Felicia out of the room after having their way with her and say, “Bye Felicia.”  This is played for laughs and the audience did, in fact, laugh.  The message is clear: “don’t wanna be treated like a hoe, don’t act like hoe” or something like that.  In the same scene, the members pull out sawed off shot guns and automatics on the two guys who were looking for Felicia; clearly gun control isn’t much of an issue for this bunch.

But the real irony about a movie allegedly about black struggle is that the most complicated and nuanced character is white, Jewish manager Jerry Heller (portrayed wonderfully by Paul Giamatti).  Whether intended or not, the strongest and most interesting dramatic scenes involve him and his rather close friendship with Eazy E; Heller acts as his mentor and gives some sound advice to not go and kill strong arm thug Suge Knight after Suge muscled Eazy E into writing Dr. Dre out of the group’s contract.

Heller also provided he biggest “lol” moment for this white, Russian/Ameircan Jew when he reacts to Ice Cube’s song “No Vaseline.”  A couple of lines that imply anti-semitism; “you used a Jew to break up the whole crew.”  Heller starts kvetching, “did you hear that?!  Why aren’t you guys more pissed off?!”  Eazy E responds, “Man,  Jerry, black people don’t know what anti-semitism is!”  Black Muslims sure do and Ice Cube did convert to Islam, but, he’s denied allegations of anti-semitism; “I’m anti-Jerry Heller.”  Fair enough.  Ice Cube has said some rather disturbing things about Korean people as well.  “Pay respect to the black fist/or we’ll burn your store down to a crisp.”

But, once again, I digress.  The bottom line is that, in spite of their struggles with some cops, respecting women, AIDS and censorship, the movie’s primary messages are success, getting rich and working for it.  In fact, probably the best scene to underline the point that you have to pay people for their work was when an infuriated Ice Cube with baseball bat in hand storms into the office of Priority records, shortly after releasing his hit solo album and demands to be paid for his work before smashing everything in sight.  “Take it out of what you owe me.”  Home boy don’t rap for free, ya know?

New Horror Film from Eli Roth Skewers Political Correctness and Multiculturalism

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Eli Roth’s fourth film, The Green Inferno (following Cabin Fever, Hostel and Hostel: Part 2) is an homage to classic (well, classic to some) Italian cannibal films such as Man from Deep River, Jungle Holocaust, Eaten Alive, Mountain of the Cannibal God, Emmanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Cannibal Ferox and, especially Cannibal Holocaust; yes I’ve seen them all. In the case of the last one, the title for Roth’s film was inspired directly by it, which I will get to momentarily. In addition to being an homage, Roth’s film is also a satire, albeit a fairly mean spirited one, of leftist, liberal and progressive college activists.

For those unaware the cannibal film sub-genre was spawned in Italy in the early 1970s and exhausted itself out in the early 80s. The crowning achievement of the genre is the aforementioned Cannibal Holocaust, whose one distinguishing feature from other cannibal films is that it is a precursor to The Blair Witch Project and other “found footage” horror films.  In fact the documentary being watched within Cannibal Holocaust is called The Green Inferno and follows a team of documentary filmmakers into the jungles of the amazon.  The team proceed to torture the natives, who, in turn torture them back.  All of this is caught on camera and, when shown to the TV crew and, of course the audience, the question is raised: “who are the real cannibals?”  Of course, in Roth’s film, the answer is simple; “The cannibals are the cannibals.”  This has liberals PISSED.

Regerro Deodato’s film along with the other cannibal films is full of violence of every imaginable sort that could not be shown in your average R rated horror film – from the standard decapitations and amputations to more extreme fare like castrations, rape and real animal killing.

It’s 2015 and Roth’s film has no animal killing, but it has plenty of gore. It also includes what might be the final frontier of horror film depravity; female genital mutilation. To be fair America hater Lars Von Trier included this in his film Antichrist from 2009, but Roth is the first to put in a straight ahead horror film.

The basic plot of the movie is that Justine (played by Roth’s super hot wife and Chilean model Lorenzo Izzo) decides to join a group of activists after witnessing a lecture on female genital mutilation in her world studies class and getting manipulated by the sleazy leftist activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy). Their activist trip involves going into a Peruvian jungle and using cell phones and social media to shame land contractors, who employed the help of a gun toting militia, out of bulldozing land of an indigenous Peruvian tribe.  When Justine gets a gun pointed at her head and activist leader Alejandro is ready to sacrifice her for his cause, she starts to get wind of the lengths leftists will go to get their point across.

However, the shaming attempt allegedly works and, after their so called victory – which is revealed to just be a p.r. stunt – the activists crash land into the Peruvian jungle and are tortured and eaten alive by the very people they allegedly came to protect.

Enter liberal outrage.

Roth immediately establishes his disdain for leftist college activist types in the film’s opening scene when the main character is woken up to hunger strikers protesting to increase the wages of janitors. The sentiment is continued further when Kira (singer Sky Ferriera), best friend of Justine exclaims, “activism is so fucking gay”, while also throwing in some remarks about the white Jewish elitist guilt to the horrified stare of a passerby. She turns, pulls out her Star of David pendant and says, “Uh, I can say that!” I laughed wholeheartedly at that. Is Eli Roth really taking a swipe at liberal Jews? I can only hope!

In fact, I’ll go so far as to draw a direct parallel with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; young, naive activists support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, thinking they’re helping the “poor Palestinians” in spite the fact that Israel was always just protecting itself against rockets fired by a group of people who they’ve conceded land to in every war they’ve won. Naive activists fail to realize that the people they allegedly want to protect are governed by the savages known as Hamas, who couldn’t care less about their cause and are known for stringing gay people on ropes and killing women when they think they’ve committed adultery.  Let us not forget that they use women and children as shields just to make Israel look bad in case they retaliate against rocket fire.

I can only speculate if Roth had any message in mind beyond making fun of social justice warriors. However, it would be nice if the same guy who played the Bear Jew in Quinten Tarantino’s otherwise preposterous Inglorious Basterds, beating the brains out of Nazi soldier with a baseball bat, might have a cautionary, pro-West message in mind. Maybe he was thinking of naive journalists who go to Muslim countries only to be kidnapped and beheaded. Whatever parallel can be drawn, it’s clear the movie doesn’t seem to have a pro-multicultural message. Hell, the protagonist is saved by the very “imperialist” militia she had gone to protest against.

Anyway, back in the jungle the natives are portrayed as primitive savages and waste no time in cooking up and eating the fattest member of their crew, Jonah (Aaron Burns) (did Eli Roth name this character Jonah because he’s fat?) People who hate the film’s message will try and say that the film lacks suspense, pacing, atmosphere, and likeable characters. They’re just looking for excuses to hate it. The Peruvian jungle locale looks gorgeous and we immediately sympathize with Justine the second she finds out that she was a pawn in the “activist” Alejandro’s twisted plot.

On top of that the movie has lots of excitement and gore; branch going through someone’s face, head getting chopped off by a propeller, live body flaying, someone being eaten alive by ants, freshly skinned heads on poles and a throat being slit. The mood is lightened slightly with some juvenile humor in the form of some explosive diarrhea and a “Scooby Doo” style escape plot involving putting marijuana in the cannibals’ food.

When leftists actually admit that the movie is good, as in suspenseful and well made, they complain about how it’s xenophobic and that attacks on social justice warriors are shallow at best. But that’s the point! Social justice warriors ARE shallow, taking on socio-political causes with almost no knowledge of the history behind any of them.

Some critics feel the film’s conclusion makes no sense; that Justine, the only survivor, goes on to lie about her experience with the cannibals to her father, a member of the U.N. I don’t feel this is the case at all.  I feel this is exactly what people on the left do; make excuses, rationalize or flat out lie about how certain cultures just aren’t compatible with Western values.  Eli Roth isn’t afraid to point this out.