We can do better.

It has been a very long and unlikely week.

Last Thursday Nick and I got on stage at Kinetik and played the best set either of us have ever played — a 50 minute performance, but it’s the last five that everyone’s talking about.

We had a message we wanted to deliver, and we did it. And a week later, the conversation about it is still going strong. It’s funny, before Nick and I went on stage we were talking about what could happen. We thought maybe a few people might get behind it. We also thought maybe we might get booed off stage. Worse yet, we thought maybe no one would notice or care.

Seven days, hundreds of shares, and 10k+ views later, people are still talking about misogyny and racism in industrial music. We’ve had hundreds of people get in touch to tell us how much they appreciate what we did. I’ve lost count of the number of women who’ve told us that this kind of imagery is exactly why they left the scene. And if I told you how many people (men and women alike) cried when they spoke to us about it, you wouldn’t actually believe me.

So, it’s a week later. The message is as clear as I could make it. Andy and Thomas have both said their piece on it. There have been articles, interviews, and editorials. And people are still talking about what it all means. About sexism, about racism. About art, communication, and community.

What does it say about our scene, that this resonates so strongly with so many people? What does it say about the conversations we haven’t been having? And what will happen if more people continue to say: We demand better.

I hope we’ll get to find out.

3 thoughts on “We can do better.

  1. That was a pretty great and brave thing to put up behind you. Getting people to recognize and think about things is an important step in making things better.

    Good work.

  2. first lemme remind mr jarius that tackle-hugs will ensue shortly :)

    but if you will allow me a moment to explain the reason i feel so inclined…despite my long-standing position of live and let live (and the resultant discomfort with generalized activism) this particular 5 minutes spoke to me in many, many ways.

    for me, it’s not just because i have tits and not a dick. it’s not just because i’m not entirely Caucasian. it’s not just because i am beyond my 30s. in fact, it is not even me i am worrying about when it comes to this particular issue.

    i am an unapologetic music junkie, but i am 40 and i have no problem speaking my mind or fighting against anyone who thinks i shouldn’t. i worry about the teenage fans of this music that has carried me from an insecure fat teenage girl to the woman i am today. i worry that repeated images of female inferiority will seem normal one day. i worry that images of racial superiority will seem normal one day.

    i have never been comfortable with waving any of my particular flags in public, but i will “man up” and say that for this message from ad*ver*sary i am profoundly grateful for the amazing discussions it has led to.

    big, BIG hugs :)

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