One of the risks of stating your
opinions is that someone is going to disagree with you. Actually,
that's not really the risk -- it is kind of a given: eventually
someone will disagree with you. The risk comes from people
taking their opinions or yours as something worthy of violence.
Take this message that was left us in our Guest
Book. There is a bug in accessing the durned thing now (you
have to click the link, close the window that it spawns, then
click it again to actually see the Guest Book....) so I am going
to reproduce the whole thing here, so that you can see it in
all of it's glory.
Left By: vince dooley
Comments: hey evil sponge. i was looking at an article from
a couple of months ago and it's safe to say that you guys really
hate hip hop. your perception of it as a culture and as an artform
is completely off base, but i guess in the realm of indie rock
there is no mediocrity and everything that's done is of the
highest quality. bullshit!!! to watch a band with a singer that
is usually off key and watch guys play instruments that they
got for christmas and just learned how to play badly is not
my idea of the best presentation you can offer. the evil sponge
is the worst online publication ever created and i think that
you guys should be shot dead. reading some of the reviews that
you've put on this site are just not correct. especially being
at most of the shows myself and knowing that the show sucked
and you guys rave about how good it was. your taste in music
is questionable and i think that you're not qualified to review
shows or music or even the smell of a piece of dog shit, which
you would probably say smelled great. you guys really suck to
put it plainly. thank you for having a clue
Well, that wasn't very polite now was it? We
get messages like these every so often. As I said earlier, people
are going to disagree with us. And we are cool with that. We
understand that there are different opinions, and in fact we
try and make a point of saying "this works for people like me".
So we try and let you know that what you see here is an opinion
composed by one individual. You may disagree.
The problem with have with this message is the line "the evil
sponge is the worst online publication ever created and i think
that you guys should be shot dead." Hey, Vince, if you don't
like EvilSponge then don't read it. We are sorry that you dislike
our writing, but that's fine with us if you don't read it. Really.
But saying that we should be shot, and not just shot but "shot
dead"? Really, over a disagreement about a music review? Don't
you think that's a bit extreme? And we wonder why there is so
much violence in our society, when people are willing to become
threatening over something as silly and, cosmically insignificant,
as a music review.
So I felt it was necessary to reply to this. It's not like
we are going to take out a restraining order against Mr. Dooley,
but we are shocked at the threatening tone of his commentary.
Some of My Minions have suggested that I am over-reacting a
bit. But need I remind everyone that if Mr. Dooley had made
the same comments about our President, he would be answering
some serious questions from The Secret Service. So yes, it is
a threat. And yes, I do believe that Mr. Dooley was most likely
"joking". But then again, maybe he is a sociapath.
We don't know. Personally, I am not worried: bullets have no
effect on my water-logged, spongiferous body. I do, however,
worry for the safety of My Minions.
As to hating hip-hop, I spoke with PostLibyan, who has reviewed
hip-hop shows. He had this to say.
It's not that i hate hip-hop per se, it's just
that i don't get it. In fact, i try to mention that in reviews.
However, searching back through the site i can only find one
explicit statement to that effect, namely:
"But then again, it's not my thing really. Who
knows: if you are into the hip-hop scene you might really like
(from the review of Psyche
Origami, opening for DJ Spooky on Fri.17.Jan.03)
At any rate, anyone who reads more than one review here will
know that i don't get hip-hop. I hope.
To Mr. Dooley i have to ask: what part of "i am a middle-aged
honky from Ohio" don't you get? Hip-hop is a foreign world to
me, and i do not feel comfortable there. All of my reviews are
written from my perspective: which starts with punk rock and
corn fields and goes from there.
I really felt like i had said my "i don't get it" thing more
often. But maybe i am just mis-remembering that. At any rate,
i will try to be more explicit in mentioning that i do not understand
the art and thus my persepective is somewhat skewed.
Well, there you have it.
Mr. Dooley -- there are many more productive things you could
do with your time rather than threatening to kill someone over
a music review. First of all, you could start your own on-line
music zine. Then you can give the "correct" reviews of music.
We, on the other hand, are just going to keep on giving out
our "incorrect" reviews. Take it or leave it.