Neil Gaiman (via wilwheaton)
Wonder where all that empathy was when Neil was talking about how Native American genocide was boring and trivial. http://kynn.livejournal.com/1235198.html
Or when Wil wanted to scapegoat Black people for being the problem within for the Gay rights movement. http://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/23022188313/via-condescending-wonka
Or when Neil’s wife, Amanda Palmer, decides to spout some racist, ableist, and rape culture bullshit. http://4rightchords.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/how-amanda-palmer-killed-amanda-palmer/
Or when trans women objected to his portrayal of trans women in Sandman. http://www.keepyourbridgesburning.com/2012/06/the-sandman-a-game-of-you/
Added in links. Sigh.
Amanda Palmer is beyond doing problematic shit, she’s problematic and awful
Cosigned. She’s awful.
Some proof, if you need convincing: When called out on ableism by the blog Feminists with Disabilities/FWD/Forward, Amanda Palmer responded with total lack of accountability. The second link includes a link to a television talk show interview that is especially illustrative of Palmer’s dismissive attitude toward the bloggers who dared critique her new musical project.
BECAUSE ART is not a valid justification for putting together a performance that marginalizes or distorts the experiences of the disabled (or any other group that has been historically oppressed/silenced), nor is BECAUSE ARTISTS PROVOKE. If you can’t come up with a carefully-composed and thoughtful answer to a group of critics who suggest that what you’re doing is offensive or oppressive (whether intentional or not), then you’re not thinking hard enough about the work you’re creating and its relationship with the social world into (and with) which you’ve woven it.
One need not read “Can the Subaltern Speak?” to know that it’s extremely problematic for a member of a dominant group to attempt to represent the experiences of people outside of that group. For example: if I, a solidly middle-class white American woman, published a profitable novel from the perspective of a woman of color who has spent her whole life in the favelas around Rio di Janiero, I’d be (rightfully!!!) accused by critics of ventriloquizing and cultural appropriation because I can’t know what it’s like to be raised and to raise one’s family in a favela, or to have grown up in Rio, or to be a person of color. Even if my portrayal of the narrator were fully humane and carefully researched in the favelas, I’d still be using my privileged position to speak for someone whose voice is rarely heard (and in doing so I’d turn a financial profit for myself, which would make it especially icky). I’m sure that if I were dumb enough to write such a novel, my privileged position would come through in the language somewhere, even after careful revisions, via inaccuracies, distortions, and presumptions. That’s what Evelyn Evelyn was: appropriation of the experiences of disabled people for the profit of two (temporarily?) able-bodied artists, and it wasn’t even particularly nuanced or well-crafted. It was tacky and meant to shock in order to generate profit, and that’s incredibly gross.
It’s possible (if difficult for many) to accept criticism gracefully, and it’s possible to take the time to work out the bugs in your project/piece of art so that it doesn’t reproduce narratives that actively oppress people. Amanda Palmer failed to do both of these things.
Plus: she doesn’t make particularly interesting music, either, not that that would exonerate her from any of this.
Yeppp, and she is racist, transphobic, and perpetuates rape culture as well. Ughh. And I agree, her music isn’t that great, either.
All of the above
And, as I will continue to mention, because it needs to get out there, when her partner, who was a recovering drug addict had a relapse, she faked a suicide attempt to let him know how he made her feel.
A few years later he committed suicide.
She recorded his reaction when he found her, pretending to be dead, and years later she used it on an album.
Guess what my opinion is of people who use suicide threats to make vulnerable people feel bad
She told the audience this at a concert I went to of hers. It was the last time I will ever give her my money.
This always needs to get passed around. And I mean, I actually DID like her music for quite a while, and appreciated some of the less problematic things she did. So it’s not about “well, you don’t like her anyway”. No, I was DEEPLY ANGRY because of these things BECAUSE I’d felt like we were on the same side, so to speak.
I think it’s worth noting that Evelyn Evelyn isn’t just appropriative because they’re conjoined - the whole story is this long dramatic thing about child pornography and sort of persuading these deeply anxious girls into the limelight while also using that angle as an explanation of why they don’t appear much (since it wasn’t real). Which wouldn’t have been funny or appropriate or NECESSARY TO THE ACT even if everyone had KNOWN from the beginning that it was her and Jason, but not everyone did.
I don’t think I’ve heard the racist bit though, or at least I’ve ignored her for so long at this point that I’ve forgotten it.
That is a link to a video of her telling the fake suicide story. This was taken at a concert I attended. I wanted to provide proof, in case anyone thought I was exaggerating. trigger warnings for discussion of suicide, faking suicide, and abusive behaviour towards vulnerable people.
woah holy shit
I knew she was an ableist, appropriative, self-absorbed jerk, but I didn’t know she was outright abusive to at least one former partner like that.
That is actually the most disgusting thing I’ve heard at least all week. Gross gross gross.
reblogging in case the amanda palmer stans forgot.
I only knew about half of this. Seems like the rageflail never ends with Amanda Palmer.
She also randomly shouts the n-word in the song guitar hero and thinks shit like this is cute/funny/okay.
[TW: rape] She also staged a fake rape of a Katy Perry lookalike on-stage with Margaret Cho for a “joke” that was supposedly in support of “gay rights”. (Video here, trigger warning for rape depiction, as well as… kidnapping?)
[TW: cissexism, transmisogyny] The song “Sex Changes” also has cissexist (specifically, transmisogynistic) lyrics.
To add to the ableism, “Ampersand” and “The Kill” are both two out of I believe many songs that she uses ableist slurs in, as well. Basically I used to adore Dresden Dolls music and some of her solo work until I found out more about her.
she’s also made ‘ironic jokes’ comparing product placement to the kkk (yes really), loads of cultural appropriation, she actually titled a song “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help your black ass?”
AFP turns the selfish, self-righteous bullshit she has used previously on fans onto a base of professional musicians (that she hopes are among her fans.) Any speculation on to how this is gonna turn out?
jesus FUCK this woman
(fun addendum: she recently raised >$1million via kickstarter! yet can’t pay musicians apparently???)
My partner told me about this earlier today.
Yeah, you guys: music is a professional trade. If another professional is asking you for shit like this, they’re scamming you. It’s a scam.
Musicians don’t need “exposure”. Amazingly talented musicians DIE in the streets every night from exposure. What young, emerging musicians need is seasoned professionals willing to actually INVEST - invest time AND MONEY - into supporting these artists’ careers.
I have ZERO respect for anyone in any kind of creative field who pulls this kind of shit.
ALSO. When she was busking and otherwise broke in Boston many local musicians helped her out. She was fed and housed by fellow musicians and fans. She and Brian Viglione both benefited from the generosity of fellow musicians. This is a big slap in the face to all those people. I probably know a dozen local people in the music & arts community who gave her a hand when she needed it. It’s pretty pathetic that she’s not giving back.
This is the ridiculously amazing singer Amanda Fucking Palmer. She’s got solo albums but was also the lead in The Dresden Dolls. She also happens to be my hero. If she’s not hard femme I don’t know what is.
photo by: Beth Hommel
if she’s not a racist ableist rape culture upholding egomaniac i don’t know who is
goddamnit why are all my childhood musical idols shitty rape culture apologists
FUCK AMANDA PALMER
Yeah, absolutely! I’m just gonna post this publicly cause it’s something I’ve been meaning to write about/compile pretty much since I started a tumblr.
So I guess to start, I’ve been a huge fan of the Dresden Dolls since I was 13 and they were super influential in my gender formation and my formation as an artist and musician. That said, there have been some bread crumbs of problematic shit piling up over the years into a big loaf of badness that makes me super sad. I can’t remember everything, but these are some of the things I do remember.
1. First is her side project w/Jason Webley “Evelyn Evelyn” in which the two perform as a pretend pair of conjoined twins. The back story goes that Amanda and Jason “discovered” the twins and rescued them from a history of sexual abuse and circus exploitation by giving them a musical career. Here’s a couple really good articles on that:
Amanda “Ableist” Palmer? The Evelyn Evelyn controversy
Evelyn Evelyn: Ableism Ableism?
How Amanda Palmer Lost a Fan <— this one is mostly about Amanda (and her fans’) responses to critiques. She made some really awful non-pologies and then went on Australian TV to say some really fucked up stuff about feminists with disabilities. The video is at that link, but I warn you it’s really bad and makes me feel nauseous to watch.
2. Then there’s that time that she and Margaret Cho staged a fake onstage rape of Katy Perry while performing “I kissed a girl”
On Rape Culture, Amanda Palmer, and Disappointment
3. Then there was that time she made an offhand ~funny~ tweet about the KKK
WTF Amanda Palmer?
How Amanda Palmer Killed Amanda Palmer <—- this post is kind of a round up of her behavior as of late and includes her responses to people upset about the KKK tweet
4. And that time she recorded a song with the n-word in it (though I’m sure she would argue it was okay for her to use because of ~*~context u guize!~*~)
Guitar Hero Video
5. And that time she made a song called “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help your black ass” and other bizarre little bread crumbs of racism/appropriation throughout her work (like that other time when she wrote a song with the line “I’ll drive that cherokee straight off it’s trail of tears”).
6. Then there was that time she made a song that is supposed to be empowering for folks who love their bushes, but includes a passage where she compares women who choose to shave with 8-year-old boys
Map of Tasmania video
Anyway. There’s just been a lot of things. Probably as upsetting as seeing her do all of this fucked up and oppressive shit, has been seeing her completely fail to respond or to change in ways that are constructive. All of this public critique has really illuminated her as just another white hipster artist who can safely hide behind her cries of “it’s just music!” and “my fans know I’m not like that!”
Which is such a bummer because she’s been a magnificent artistic influence in my life and I’ve always downloaded every new track and gone to every show when she was in town but… I just don’t think I can do it anymore. She’s fucked up too big, too often, and with no remorse or change.