There’s been a good deal of action on the Ben Weasel punching women front these past few days. First, a handful of bands (Chixdiggit, Teenage Bottlerocket, Chinese Telephones) backed out on their commitment to play Screeching Weasel’s upcoming 25th anniversary celebration. Then pretty much all of Screeching Weasel quit, which is awesome. In response to all this, Joe Queer, frontman for another legendary pop-punk band, The Queers, issued a statement, basically condemning everyone whose spoken out in any way against Weasel. There are many, many incredibly stupid parts. Below, just a few of them.
This whole Weasel thing is way out of hand. I mean come on and let’s put this in perspective. The chick deserved a punch-unfortunately Ben gave it to her and not some other girl who would have been called a hero-but Ben’s a monster. He doesn’t advocate hitting chicks. I don’t either. But as a lead singer in a punk band I know as well as anyone that sometimes you just fucking lose it with assholes onstage bugging you and causing trouble. This isn’t Mother Teresa we’re talking about here folks-it’s a little troublemaker acting like she’s a victim.Yeah I wish Ben had handled it differently-hell I’m sure he does. But everyone knows Ben isn’t a guy who beats on chicks. Come the fuck on.
I can totally see how that last part would be true, if only we hadn’t all seen this video of Ben, you know, beating on chicks.
And after all Ben has done for the scene out there everyone jumps ship on him and all of a sudden he’s persona non grata. I’m ashamed at all you people who could at least show him some support instead of acting all high and mighty and bailing out acting like you’re some saint.
Is it really “acting like you’re some saint” to sever ties with a dude who hits women?
I honestly don’t know how I’d react. For a chick to do that shit and then hide behind the fact she’s a girl is bullshit in my book. In the old days-when a punk was a punk and not some self righteous asshole who doesn’t dare to step out of line lest his Hot Topic wearing punk pals make him conform to their rules-the crowd would have cheered when the chick got smacked.
So Mr. Queer may have punched her too. Also, I will readily acknowledge that I maybe don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about here, and that perhaps it has everything to do with me coming up in a just-barely post-Nirvana punk landscape, but the punk that was actually part of my life always seemed pretty clearly to line up on the opposite side of the guys who’d hit women. Wasn’t that sort of implied in the whole hating jocks thing?
Hey I don’t advocate hitting chicks but everyone knows Ben doesn’t either. You guys are all acting like you’ve never been to a punk show before. You people and bands who should know better too. In the heat of the moment he lashed out after getting spit directly in the face. Mother of God I pray it happens to all you do gooders out there. Let’s see how cool you all are.
Again, by hitting chicks you’ve advocated hitting chicks. And if a woman were to spit in my face, I’d probably get really angry and scream lots of mean crap. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t throw a huge, looping right hand in her direction, though.
To all you bands out there-mainly those flying under the radar screen who can see thru the bullshit still instead of believing they’re some self righteous do gooders-Thank you!!
You’re welcome! Oh, wait, what bullshit are we supposed to be seeing through? The part where Ben Weasel punched two women and then some people were like, “Oh, fuck, he really should not have punched those two women”? That part?
You’d think he was throwing Jews in the oven at Aushcwitz the way these people are talking.
I think we can probably just end there, right?