Fashioned within the San Fernando Valley in 1977, The Dickies come from a faculty of punk rock whose tenet is to offend hippies and squares alike. Their music is your customary Ramones-style pop-punk buzz, leaving it to frontman Leonard Grave Phillips to make the band stand out. He does so with over-the-top crude, juvenile humor—the person performs with a penis puppet, for Christ’s sake—a shtick that’s been profitable sufficient to maintain the band going for the previous 40 years.
That’s principally all of the background you want for a narrative that ran in LA Weekly and about 1,000,000 different retailers this week a few current onstage during which Phillips went off on a lady from the feminist advocacy group Safer Scenes who was touring with the competition at a Warped Tour date in Denver. The lady, who was reportedly offended by Phillips’ onstage banter throughout earlier stops on the tour, stood within the crowd throughout The Dickies’ set holding an indication that stated, “Teen women deserve respect, not gross jokes from disgusting outdated males! Punk shouldn’t be predatory!”
And since Phillips can dish it out, however he can’t take it, he responded with a string of misogynistic obscenities that started with him yelling, “I’ve fucked livestock that have been prettier than you, you fucking hog!” Right here’s the video, full with followers within the crowd cheering Phillips on:
So anyway, since that is 2017 and never 1977—and even 1997—this specific little bit of bottle-rocket-in-the-ass juvenilia was met with controversy. Traces have been drawn between the old-school punk rockers who argue that to be punk is to courtroom controversy, even (or particularly) if which means listening to one thing offensive at a present, and youthful followers—a lot of whom grew up with riot grrrl and the DIY scenes of the ‘90s and ‘00s—who argue that calling a lady sexist names is strictly what The Man we’re all alleged to be uniting in opposition to would do.
Within the aftermath of the obscene incident, The Dickies wrapped up their run on Warped Tour, which, sarcastically sufficient, introduced in Safer Areas in response to criticism over reserving an act that had been accused of sexual misconduct. Founder Kevin Lyman known as for peace in a press release asking anybody offended by a Warped Tour act “to return sit beneath my tent with me and categorical their views diplomatically.” In the meantime, Phillips launched a cheeky non-apology that reads, partly, “I perceive the phrase “cunt” is inflammatory and that many ladies have been abused by this phrase. I ought to have known as her an ‘asshole.’ It wasn’t my proudest second … however neither was the time I urinated on the viewers.”
For his or her half, The Dickies’ friends are additionally break up, with The Adolescents frontman Tony Cadena talking out in opposition to Phillips’ rant—and shutting down his Fb web page after being inundated with verbal abuse from Phillips’ supporters consequently. In the meantime, The Offspring guitarist Noodles—who not too long ago tweeted that misogyny in America ”would possibly [be] worse” than ever—and Eagles Of Demise Metallic frontman Jesse Hughes have spoken out in assist of Phillips and his proper to offend, Consequence Of Sound stories. You possibly can learn each of these under.
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