so, here’s a great interview with W. Axel Rose:
The lyrics have incited a lot of protest, so let’s go over them line by line. Let’s start with one of the verses, “Police and niggers, that’s right/Get outta my way/Don’t need to buy none/ Of your gold chains today.”
“I used words like police and niggers because you’re not allowed to use the word nigger. Why can black people go up to each other and say, “Nigger,” but when a white guy does it all of a sudden it’s a big put-down. I don’t like boundaries of any kind. I don’t like being told what I can and what I can’t say. I used the word nigger because it’s a word to describe somebody that is basically a pain in your life, a problem. The word nigger doesn’t necessarily mean black. Doesn’t John Lennon have a song “Woman Is the Nigger of the World”? There’s a rap group, N.W.A., Niggers with Attitude. I mean, they’re proud of that word. More power to them. Guns N’ Roses ain’t bad. . . . N.W.A. is baad! Mr. Bob Goldthwait said the only reason we put these lyrics on the record was because it would cause controversy and we’d sell a million albums. Fuck him! Why’d he put us in his skit? We don’t just do something to get the controversy, the press.”
How about the next verse? Immigrants and faggots/They make no sense to me/ They come to our country/And think they’ll do as they please/ Like start some mini-Iran or spread some fuckin’ disease.” Why that reference to immigrants?
“When I use the word immigrants, what I’m talking about is going to a 7-11 or Village pantries – a lot of people from countries like Iran, Pakistan, China, Japan et cetera, get jobs in these convenience stores and gas stations. Then they treat you as if you don’t belong here. I’ve been chased out of a store with Slash by a six-foot-tall Iranian with a butcher knife because he didn’t like the way we were dressed. Scared me to death. All I could see in my mind was a picture of my arm on the ground, blood going everywhere. When I get scared, I get mad. I grabbed the top of one of these big orange garbage cans and went back at him with this shield, going, “Come on!” I didn’t want to back down from this guy. Anyway that’s why I wrote about immigrants. Maybe I should have been more specific and said, “Joe Schmoladoo at the 7-11 and faggots make no sense to me.” That’s ridiculous! I summed it up simply and said, “Immigrants.”
How about the use of the word “faggots”?
“I’ve had some very bad experiences with homosexuals. When I was first coming to Los Angeles, I was about eighteen or nineteen. On my first hitchhiking ride, this guy told me I could crash at his hotel. I went to sleep and woke up while this guy was trying to rape me. I threw him down on the floor. He came at me again. I went running for the door. He came at me. I pinned him between the door and the wall. I had a straight razor, and I pulled the razor and said, “Don’t ever touch me! Don’t ever think about touching me! Don’t touch yourself and think about me! Nothing!” Then I grabbed my stuff and split with no place to go, no sleep, in the middle of nowhere outside of St. Louis. That’s why I have the attitude I have.”
Ironically, Axel called the man who made me love palm muted power chords a racist…
hehe, I’m sure some Holier Than Thou feminist will actually accuse the mighty Het of being a trans-misogynist as he made fun of Rose for being skinny (reverse fat shaming) and thus implying he looked like a womyn. I really have no idea what James Hetfield’s views are and don’t much care. But he plays guitar good….
now, it’s kind of funny…
A guy named Pax said a bunch of things he knew would piss people off. He also had a high paying job as a CTO. These jobs pay well into the six figures and aren’t the hands on IT stuff like dealing with crashed servers that a Network Administrator might do. They are “big picture” guys. These jobs are political and CTO’s often jump ship every few years. Just like a CEO, a CTO could make a bunch of choices for an organization that are catastrophic but leave the mess to the next CTO and the underlings as they move onto “bigger and better” things. If you’ve ever checked the Myspace of the purfeshunal world you may have noticed that it is usually lower level employees who have the strongest presence with a picture, hundreds of connections and detailed resumes. The high level guys collect their salaries and discreetly move onto the next opportunity. Why was this guy fooling around with twitter like a drunken teenager? Could it have been for publicity as some had said about W. Axel Rose and “One in a Million?”
Now you’ve got man-0-spere guys ardently defending him and feminists hoping he can’t get a job load balancing servers or whatever it is that CTO’s do and he has to work 3 minimum wage jobs just to afford liquor on the weekends. Well, he’s not living in the same world as us mere mortals. He is likely sitting on a nice pile of cash, may own property free and clear, has stellar credit, etcetera, etcetera. Y’know what that means? He doesn’t have to answer to anyone. He CAN tell people to Fuck Off and he still gets to eat. And, he probably has the connections that he can build a start-up with other peoples money. He is, after all, available for “consulting,” if, I’m sure the price is right. Don’t feel bad for Pax. And, um, don’t project. He probably will never have to work a 9-5 if he doesn’t want to. He lives by a different set of rules…