We all have personal bias. I get it. Some of us lean left, some lean right, some in the middle. However, when one of our own was charged (not convicted) of unspeakable crimes against a female, many in the ‘scene’ jumped on the bandwagon about how metal is misogynistic and couldn’t wait to demonize a man who WASN’T FOUND GUILTY at the time. He was arrested and many in our ‘scene’ had already found him guilty in their own minds. Some even went as far as to refuse to listen or review his album True Traitor, True Whore. The album was obviously directed at a certain female and many criticized him for releasing the album with a such a blunt title given the circumstances.
This summer, most of the 36 or so charges were dropped against him and he received 2 years of probation. Many blogs, magazine, etc. posted the new and that was about the end of it. It was almost as if the story died for the metal media similar to some celebrity who no longer sells papers for the National Enquirer. Those in metal who found Jef Whitehead guilty before he was proven innocent should apologize the fans and to Jef himself if they haven’t done so already. Those of us who like metal and are involved in metal have a hard enough time trying to explain how we even like such music. Now we have resorted to condemning one of our own THE DAY the news broke?
I know folks like to flex their opinion on sexism, racism, and any other ‘ism’ you can think of any chance they get. I was disappointed to see the metal community perform such actions.
I doubt Jef really cares either way. While I don’t know him personally, he appears to be the type that couldn’t care less of what folks think of him. I can’t help but think there’s a part of him somewhere that is completely disgusted with those in the metal media who can’t wait for the next ‘story’.
So if you read this Jef, know that some of us in the scene are not drama queens/kings and appreciate your art and your dedication to your craft. To those in the metal media who jumped all over this story like a reporter for a tabloid and used Jef’s situation to spout off your opinion on your ‘ism’ and condemn a man before he faced a judge, shame on you all.