Ready for a RANT about Youth Culture?
The other day, I tweeted “Youth culture is slowly destroying itself…and the music industry. </3”
If you know me, then you know that I hate confrontation and debates over social media. So if you have a comment on anything I’m about to say, feel free to comment. Just do yourself a favour, and don’t be a dick.
So why did you tweet it?
This comment was made after I read about the allegations made towards members of Neck Deep concerning under-age fans. Girls are coming out of the woodwork with accusations towards musicians and it’s destroying reputations. Some of the accusations are complete bullshit. Let it be known that I in no way condone the kind of behaviour, sexual assault, or rape. I am not saying that everyone who has been accused of something is innocent, or guilty. Very little of what is coming to light has been brought forth through proper channels. That in and of itself is a red light.
I would like to point out that Neck Deep handled things similarly to Set It Off – Many people have said that members leaving a band is a sure sign of guilt. Nope. Not true. Set It Off were due to play Warped Tour all summer, and would have been taken off had Austin not left. ( I have met Austin numerous times, have heard all sides of the story in his case, and support him 100%) Neck Deep have big gigs coming up such as Reading and Leeds, and may have had to forget about playing those festivals.
So there’s pressure?
Mob mentality is the reasons that members feel the need to leave the band…FOR THE SAKE OF THE BAND AND THEIR FANS…It’s the best way to handle the situation in my opinion. The abuse that is handed out to musicians after accusations of sexual assault is disgraceful, if things have been neither proved or disproved, people should act half decently. There have been violent threats in some cases.
Like I mentioned above, I don’t condone sexual assault or rape or anything of an explicit nature, especially in connection to those who are under-age. But let’s be honest with ourselves for a second and look back at the last gig we went to that was 14+. How many girls did you see walking around half dressed and throwing themselves at musicians? No, I’m not saying they’re asking for it, I would NEVER say that. All I’m saying is, they’re not doing themselves any favours. They’re destroying their own reputations. My most recent skin crawling experience was hearing scantily clad 13 year old girls scream “Take Me Andy” while watching Black Veil Brides.
What about age constraints at gigs?
So many more gigs are tossing out the 14+ and throwing in the 18+. This in my opinion is a good thing. I’m all for youth and the love of music, but not at the risk of the remainder of innocence in today’s society. Not only are they turning up in short skirts and small tops, there’s more and more turning up with vodka tucked in their bag while they queue. Not cool guys, NOT COOL.
You’ve just learned that Santa isn’t real and I know it’s hard, but hang in there a little bit longer okay?
I could go on and on about numerous bits n’ bobs, but we all know we’re doomed. We all know that we’re well on our way to increased security and earlier curfews. The real world is becoming an increasingly horrible place to navigate. It would be nice if someone was able to turn things around, at least for a little while.
Let’s Pretend Everything is Kind of Okay and Youth Culture Isn’t Completely FECKED.
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