“ Now, I don’t expect any kind of breakthrough message or anything from the Vans Warped Tour, believe me. I mean, it’s a corporate sponsored tour and really, what can we expect from it?
But at the same time, I’ve covered this tour for media outlets the past few years, and I know for many young women it’s how they’re introduced to the idea of “punk” and at least the appearance of activism. It’s a gateway, or at least it could be.
Yet this year, the Vans Warped Tour has made something glaringly clear: girls in bands are not welcome.
But rapists are.
The current band line-up features ONE female-fronted band, the rock group New Years Day, and NO all female bands. While in the past female representation on the tour hasn’t been all THAT impressive (in recent years their nods towards inclusiveness have included Katy Perry and the Millionaires) but there was at least SOME chance that a girl at a show could look up onstage and see another girl making music, fronting a band and getting her feelings out. There was at least some visibility of women making music reaching the teenagers who flock to the shows.
And this year, apparently, they only have one chance to see that. But don’t worry, they have an equally good chance to see a band fronted by someone who has been repeated accused of fucking his underaged fans.
Even if Dahvie manages to NOT rape someone on this tour, the fans will still be subjected to Blood on the Dancefloor’s music. A sampling of their lyrics:
Got a monster in my pants. And if you ever get the chance. Gunna cram it down your throat. Watch you gasp for air and choke. I’m gunna jizz all in your face. I’m gunna wreck this fuckin place. Pull my hair, smash the chair. Break the bed and give me head.
-from “Scream for My Ice Cream”
Bitches get stitches, they end up in ditches, so get the riches Bitches get stitches end up in ditches, get the riches
-from “Bitches Get Stitches”
I’m such a killer fuck, you’re just a B-rated slut I’m sharp like Jason’s machete, I’ll slice you into spaghetti You’re such a cold hearted bitch, They’ll find you chopped up dead in a ditch Pin you over your grave, be my zombie sex slave
-from “Sluts Get Guts”
So we get it, Warped Tour. Boys make music, girls suck cock…or else. Fuck you. ”
And I thought BrokenCYDE was the worst thing to happen to music.
This is sickening. I knew that Warped Tour had gone from an honest punk festival to a popularity contest filled with moneymaking bullshit. I’ve always supported Vans Warped Tour but, ……what the fuck. I remember seeing tons of bands with women in them…Le Tigre, Paramore, Meg & Dia, Joan Jett, Horrorpops. (I don’t include Katy Perry..I like her but she does nothing good. for women.) Don’t they know that the riot grrrl movement is still alive? Definitely not going this year. There is no sincerity or respect left in the scene.
Step your game up. Punk music is supposed to be political. Punk music festivals are supposed to be accepting. KEVIN LYMAN, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.
I could go on about this for days but I think that now there needs to be more action. Boycott Warped Tour 2011.
Let's take action and support our fellow tourgoers, yeah?
i want you so baaaaaad it's drivin me mad.....HAHAH
TODAY: I'm gonna listen to the Beatles all day, wear super-kitschy love-things to my ten hours of class, go for drinks with my friends and then go see the movie Paul which is about the guys from Hot Fuzz finding an alien on the side of the road. It has nothing to do with love.
Do something awesome today, and hang out with someone you love-whether it's your significant other, your friends, your mom, your dog, or yourself..... :]
Hey everyone! My classes have started up again and true to form, I have been too busy to post. Sad news bears. However, I have some pictures from one of my first projects of the semester! I am taking a class called (UN)fashion, in which we learn about world fashions, challenge our ideas of what fashion is, and make an outfit to wear to class each week. Wearing the outfit is different than designing for someone else because...YOU have to actually feel comfortable wearing it through the streets!
Anyway, last week I found a book in the library about street art and became obsessed for a minute. I watched the Banksy documentary, "Exit Through the Gift Shop"-- have you seen it? I became really inspired by the artist Buff Monster.
My project is a dress I made from a Parsons Student Senate T-shirt. It was like a size extra large, or something. I sewed in pink jersey panels, made new sleeves, tailored it into a dress, and painted some of my own monster characters on the back.
Here is the result:
Also, I made a monster hat!
I will keep you updated on my projects for this class. I am really really excited about it!
I also am running our class' blog, which you can view here!