In the original incarnation of my Underrated Music blog… I had a page/section that was formerly called “Overrated Bands”, and had a post about how much I dislike the music of Halestorm and instead, prefer the music of Paramore, when people compare the music and the female-led aspect of the two bands. This post has since been removed, in hopes of educating people to promote tolerance.
Two comments I received about the Halestorm post just now (November 14th, 2014)—
The Chris dick who wrote this doesn’t know what good music is!!!! And anybody else who agrees with him is also a dick and doesn’t like good music!!! If you don’t like a band, just shut the hell up!! I am not going to write an article about how much Adele sucks because guess what? I am going to keep my opinions to myself. Instead of writing this article you could have killed yourself, which would have been much better! DUMBASS!!!!!
Oh yeah. I forgot to tell you that your youtube videos and your website sucks ass!!!! Why do I want to hear a bunch idiots play gay music!!! You have taken gay to a whole new lower level!!!!
I responded personally, via email to the female who hatefully commented. Clearly, she got personal about my music, by using homophobic terms to describe her opinion of my music and my YouTube videos. She also requested that I kill myself, instead of having written the anti-Halestorm article.
Something I cannot and will not tolerate in the world is seeing people use homophobic terms to describe things they don’t agree with because of a difference of opinion, and also, suicide is a serious issue, and a term that should not be lightly thrown around. Furthermore, I’m tired of the slut-shaming and current rape culture, and using the term “gay” as an insult just adds fuel to the rape culture fire. So here is my response to this female:
subject: Halestorm post
Hi Harley, I apologize for offending you, regarding my Halestorm post at my blog.
I have removed the blog post and section, as I have reconsidered my strong opinion and realize that it is a bit extreme, regarding the music of Halestorm.
Regarding your second comment, please do not use the term “gay” as an insult. There is enough gay-bashing, homophobia, slut-shaming, and racism in the world, and you using that term to describe my YouTube channel and music is completely unnecessary, and basically hate-speech. Furthermore, your request that I should kill myself is extremely offensive, as I myself have personally struggled with depression, and have had many friends who have struggled (or continue to struggle) with depression and suicidal thoughts. Suicide and depression are serious issues in the world, especially among young people who value music more so than the average person, and again, I ask you to not throw that sentence around casually.
More on the use of the term “gay”– I have several friends who are gay, and they are some of the best people I have ever known in my life. Again, this world needs less homophobia/gay-bashing, and more logical arguments, peaceful debate, and love and support for one another.
Again, I will remove my Halestorm post. All I ask from you is to please stop using the homophobic adjectives, in all areas of your life, in the future. Please practice tolerance and love among all lifestyles, and understanding for people that struggle with emotional problems, and you will, in turn, make the world a more beautiful and loving place.
Chris from Underrated Music
UPDATE – an email from Harley, just now:
I am sorry for those comments that l made earlier. I obviously wasn’t thinking. I will be more considerate of my language next time. Thanks for opening my eyes as to being a better person. Thanks 😀
It’s amazing what can be accomplished, when two people are being open-minded and actually listening to each other. Thank you, Harley, and thank you to my readers.
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COMMENTS (I couldn’t move the comments from the original page it appeared on) so I took screenshots… here they are: