A lot of people don’t seem to have an issue with some celebrities wearing t-shirts of classic rock bands that they likely know nothing about. Others do. Alan Cross wrote a post about this earlier today. As always, I tend to look at the big picture and I have a problem with it as well. Here’s why…
On one hand I’m a firm believer in freedom of speech. People can say and do as they please, within the boundaries of the law, of course.
On the other hand, it’s about being real. Being yourself. I wear black band t-shirts 99% of the time. It’s who I am. You won’t see me wearing expensive watches or designer clothes and I will never own a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz. This has nothing to do with status or money. No, it’s because those material things are not important me. I will not pretend to be someone else nor will I dress a certain way in public just to look good. I want to be myself.
Punk rock and other genres (including metal) are about more than just the music. It’s a culture. An institution. And many consider the actions of these celebrities in question to be disrespectful as they do not actually represent this institution. They are nothing but “posers” because there’s nothing real about people like the Kardashians, except for extreme narcissism. The same can be said about this Black Flag t-shirt that Barney’s is selling for $265!! I’m quite certain Black Flag, Ramones and other old-school punk bands were against this and everything that the Kardashian clan stands for.
What does all of this really mean? Well, Donald Trump can say what he wants. Kim Kardashian can wear what she wants. However, this doesn’t necessarily imply they are right. So why should we sit back and like it? And when Justin Bieber steals from other artists for his own gain (most recently Pentagram and Marilyn Manson), we should be mocking him instead of supporting him.
No, it’s not just a t-shirt.