A YouTube vlogger who I recently have been following is Mundane Matt. He’s fun to listen to. I often agree with him on stuff. I admit to poaching ideas for posts from the guy, but I always try and interject my own two-sense on the issue in a way that’s unique. You inspire me! But he came out with a video today talking about how social justice is now trying to interject itself into heavy metal culture. It’s being called #MetalGate, and it is showing just how bad it is getting. These people are trying to get their Puritan feminism injected into everything. Seeing as how video games are putting up substantial resistance, I guess they decided to try and go after heavy metal. Yeah, like they are just going to lay down and take it.
Part of me thinks that these people fancy themselves David in the story of David and Goliath. They have lofty aspirations of standing tall against the forces of the EVIL men and slaying patriarchy, one professional-victim campaign at a time. Because, when we argue with them, the response will be – “I get death and rape threats!” Well, I can’t refute that. That was the perfect refutation of my argument (once again, I must state that I do not condone rape and death threats, but neither of those refute my point. Gotta be clear so I don’t get special snowflakes yelling at me about this. Again).
It’s like these people are just totally ignorant of the way the world is. They think that only white neckbeards play video games. Using rape and death threats, they have constructed a narrative out of whole cloth. It is a narrative that nobody in the games journalism industry will counter, because they don’t want to risk their jobs. Now, they are looking to caricature heavy metal fans as long-haired white men with Metallica t-shirts. They refuse to recognize that both groups have people from all walks of life. Both groups have men and women, gay and straight, people of all ethnicities. What the Puritan feminists refuse to understand is that both groups are filled with regular people. But that doesn’t fit the narrative. If only SOMEBODY in the media would take them to task for that.
However, getting back to Mundane Matt’s video, he had this great quote from School of Rock that I never thought about before (because I wasn’t a huge fan of the film, to be honest), but fits in perfectly to describe social justice warrior and their special snowflake audience. It is spoken by Jack Black’s character.
Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.
As he said and as I agree with, that’s what social justice warriors are. They’re a bunch of gym teachers. They are getting on their high-horse and judging other people who are out doing, because they can’t do themselves. They have so little knowledge of what they insult that they can’t even teach it, either.
After all, if they have such a problem with video games, why don’t they make their own? No, the publishers should do that for them. They got a problem with heavy metal music? Well, why make their own metal. See if you can make pro-feminist heavy metal and get it to sell. Let me know how that turns out. They willfully choose not to do things, because that would be too difficult. It’s easier to sit on Twitter and Tumblr and yell at the people who actually are doing things, because they want them to do things that they want. If they don’t get their way, like spoiled little children, they stamp their feet and pout. The most ironic part of that is that they have gotten mainstream media to give recognition to their temper tantrums. That is, as John Oliver put it, “weapons-grade bullshit.”
Why should anybody take them seriously? Why should I take Anita Sarkeesian seriously, when she has shown no interest in creating her own video games? Why should I take these people who are riffing on heavy metal seriously, when they don’t have any ability to create metal of their own.? It used to be, the people who riffed on metal artists were people who had experience. Or people who were versed in the medium and lived it. You had metal critics who were old-school followers of the medium, who still go to the Ozzfest and mosh. Those were the people you took seriously. What social justice warrior has moshed? Seriously, when was the last time that one of them jumped into the pit and cut loose? Maybe, if these people were able to cut loose and have fun, they would see that life isn’t this ugly organism that they have made it out to be. That culture is not controlled by “the patriarchy.”
Maybe, they would actually live a little, instead of spending all that wasted time on Twitter and Tumblr.
Until next time, a quote,
“A perfect cherry blossom is a precious thing. One could spend their whole life looking for it, and it would not be a wasted life.” -Katsumoto, The Last Samurai