Dave Mustaine’s bizarre attempt at relevance: Pseudo-endorsing Santorum

Last week the news hit that Dave Mustaine, front man for metal group Megadeth, may have endorsed Rick Santorum. I didn’t even tweet about it–I was still befuddled that anyone still listens to Dave Mustaine or his music, let alone give a crap about who the maestro that created a “Symphony of Destruction” is endorsing in the presidential run.

I knew my share of headbangers in high school and I remember some of them claiming Mustaine was mega-smart. From what I understood about metal, despite what one might assume was it’s primarily white listenership, metal was about expressing anger against oppressive social constructs–critical of religious institutions, sexual repression and limits on self expression (how else can you justify growing your hair long and howling like a wolf. Also, back when Mustaine was considered hot I doubt he was monogamous or practicing abstinence).

I used to listen to some metal and found there is a long and diverse lineage of who listens to metal very much associated with class and geography. My friend Laina Dawes has written and spoken about being a black, female metal fan. I have long defended metal heads as they were more the freaks, geeks and weirdos, than the rest of the jock assholes who I imagined would grow up to endorse the Romney’s and the Bush’s or the world.

But despite this, Dave Mustaine has been an asshole for a long time. While a diversity of people might listen to metal and some metal might have challenged the very social constructs that the GOP endorses, the instances of artists that cater to these views are harder to find than I had hoped. Many metal artists have consistently shown warped views on women or displayed blatant homophobia (most typified by Axel Rose). And upon closer inspection–it is surprisingly difficult to tell apart Santorum quotes and Megadeth lyrics. See if you can on this quiz at Mother Jones. (Hint: I did very poorly).

Mustaine’s weird attempt at relevance does not escape me. I too wonder what it would have been like for me if most of my fans were left in the 90s, I failed to cut my hair when entering a new century and had to forever know that the only new many of the people that listen to my music are suburban white kids that stay off rap mainly because they are still upset that people of color are getting so much airtime.

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Male viewer writes letter to the editor explaining why women can’t play soccer

This weekend, England’s women’s soccer team played Germany in an historic match at Wembly national stadium. As the Independent reports, “It was the first standalone game for women at the home of football, drew a record crowd of 46,000, was shown live in TV coverage on the BBC, and introduced a generation of young girls to the idea of the women’s team being treated the same as the men for the first time.” 

After the game, one male viewer, David Hickey, wrote a letter to the editor asking why it was aired when women’s soccer clearly doesn’t compare to the men’s game. “Women can’t play football,” he wrote. “They don’t even know the basic rules.” Here’s his full message:

 

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This weekend, England’s women’s soccer team played Germany in an historic match at Wembly national stadium. As the Independent reports, “It was the first standalone game for women at the home of football, drew a ...