Note: All quotes are somewhat paraphrased. This is a quick little expression I threw together after watching the Phil clip, and sitting through the Flynn lecture...
⦁ Flynn: "No white person's ever been oppressed by black people" then going on to say, "I was bitter. I was jumped by fifteen black people." after admitting saying "nigger" before, too...okay. Gotcha. ME...I've also got stories that could cause one to go racist. But I'm not. But I damn sure stereotype. I have been cornered and almost killed for being white. The worst sects of any group of people condemn their own kind way too often these days. And if I would have had something on my mind at the moment of drunk, furious stage adrenaline...I coulda screamed out worse. So, I have chosen to be sober for 6 years. It was a good move, on my part.
⦁ People blurt out fucked up shit when uninhibited and partying it up. Who's ever screamed out bullshit that was on their mind at the time? *raises hand* Hell, I even got so pissed that an ugly chick that didn't deserve me dumped me once, that I tried to give into hedonism during a drunk binge, feeding off of the loud ruckus of a decadent lifestyle full of hazy partying nights and matter-of-factly said "Fuck this, I'm gay." And that shit was funny as fuck. (And, at present, I'm proudly married to an attractive woman since 2010. And that stunt got me lots of chicks back then, anyway. Never felt like backing up my sloppily shouted "confession".)
⦁ "Pot, meet kettle." (then Flynn shows a pic of "Power Metal" version of Pantera with their big hair, then follows with a picture of Rob's own time in Machine Head looking like a thug meth-dealer after a basketball game from some street gang from L..A.) ...well, the glammier metal times of Pantera used as example were closer to the roots of rock & fuckin' roll and true metal's beginnings than the ghetto-ish "The Burning Red" G-Dawg look - an antithesis. And in case nobody noticed...glamour was just a thing in the 80s. Metal or not. And was since Bowie's breakthrough...since...Broadway. Since the fucking renaissance! But even in LEGIT extreme metal - (Look at Bathory and Celtic Frost vintage pics, "Cold Lake" being shitty or not.)
⦁ "Count me out. COUNT. ME. OUT." Okay. Sure. Bow out of a CAREER over that "big scary guy's" drunk blurt. That'll be remembered when you're clinging to your career and putting out more albums, Mr. "I will never buy another CD again." (A statement he made at the advent of digital media.) digital age-lover. How many CDs or vinyls have you bought since then? And I know Machine Head's still putting out physical media, too... especially since vinyl sales are through the roof lately that the industry has vinyl pressings backed up with waiting lists.
⦁ There's just too much childishness disguised as "I'm an adult now and know how to articulate"-type of web-troversy " experts". I'm tired of everyone thinking their voice means so fucking much. Phil's doesn't. I love his work, trashy and a bit boneheaded or not. And the charismatic and surprisingly youthful articulation of Flynn doesn't have as much power as he'd like it to either. I could give in and say "Wow. That was genuine. He means it!" But even with my respect for his ability to convey his emotions...I'm not swayed one way or the other.
⦁ The delusional "Oooohmm, he said so and so at a crazy metal show!" and the "my-words-matter-so-much-now-because-I-have-a-keyboard" attitude is fucked. Society is just a bunch of grown children with no teacher that gives a shit to listen. Not that Phil's thoughtlessly neanderthalic outbursts are right. But like Rob said of Phil, it's "...like he's been doing forever." I'm personally as "surprised" (ppppft...) as when Rob Halford revealed that he was gay. And I still don't know to what extent Phil is racist. He's crazy, burnt-out, and getting senile prematurely. Maybe it's like myself, pissed off at the stereotypical types, not the race itself. (That's me...about a lot of groups of people. But that's another matter.)
⦁ Last but not least - I'm disappointed in myself for even weighing in. Don't even heed MY words as gospel! Please. Who the hell am I but another metal fanatic who likes to write. I don't want you to! I just think the world's gone back to third grade, and wanted to say it. *flips off the world*