Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ben Weasel Breaks His Silence


Ben Weasel has finally broken his silence five-some-odd months after the incident at SXSW and the aftermath.  In traditional Weasel fashion, Ben comes off as a bit of a jerk (he self admits that being an ass is part of his stage act).  His version of the imploding of Screeching Weasel differs from that of the former band mates (he states that he fired them).  Obviously I have no idea what happened in the moments and days after the incident in Austin, but I suspect that the actual truth of the matter is somewhere in-between Mr. Weasel’s rant and the rest of the band’s press release.  I’m sure that Ben felt a sense of betrayal after his longtime partner in Screeching Weasel and Riverdales crime Dan Vapid lead the charge of leaving the band but his complete attack of the man in this blog post seems a bit over the top (not knowing either man I can’t say that he’s wrong or right). 

This entire fiasco just seems so sad and needless.  I know that there are those that think being in a punk band means that you have to be a dick, but I completely reject that notion.  Do some people need to learn to take a joke?  Yes.  Do drunks act like idiots?  Yes.  Do people spend too much time worrying about what folks on the internet are going to say?  Yes.  So here we have a perfect example of a situation where, it appears from the outside at least, a lot of people made a lot of bad choices and many are trying to paint themselves in the best light possible.  I’m sure that it will all end well.  (If you couldn’t tell I was being sarcastic there.)

Thanks to PunkNews.org for the find.

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