Holy cow, what a storm that I’ve been reading about and I figured I would sound off about this, and it is in regards to the Steel Panther endorsed guitar pedal called “Pussy Melter” that was released. Members of Japanese Breakfast and Braids took to Twitter and raised some serious hell about this product being endorsed by Steel Panther and towards TC Electronics.
Braids tweeted the following in regards to the guitar pedal:
What f*cking year is this! Pls sign my friend’s petition to EDIT/REMOVE @tcelectronic disgusting writeup for their “pussy melter” guitar effect pedal. As a female guitarist and just a female in general this makes me super disappointed.
In which, Japanese Breakfast showed solidarity with Braids and stated:
This is fucking disgusting!
Braids received a bit of support, such as the tweet from Jon Fader, which stated:
This is the second year in a row that the United States has condoned a “man” like Donald Trump to masquerade as President. That’s what year it is.
Paste Magazine also called for Steel Panther and TC Electronics to “do better”.
There have been a couple of unsavory tweets towards Braids in regards to this issue, in which a lot of them have stated that this is Steel Panther’s schtick and calling Braids some really derogatory names for the petition and removal of the guitar pedal.
Look, I understand Steel Panther and they are a parody band that makes fun of the 80’s glam/hair metal era where songs about sex, drugs, and rock & roll and “fast women” were glorified. They are celebrated in the metal world and they are basically the Spinal Tap of today’s music, where it’s completely satire. Their music isn’t my cup of tea, and I don’t listen to them. To expect Steel Panther to be wholesome and classy is to expect a pornography site to create family-friendly movies.
The tweets I’ve read in replying to Braids are shameful. You can civilly disagree with them, but to call them those names that are derogatory towards women, that is simply not cool. Would you say it to their faces? They chose to make a stand against TC Electronics and Steel Panther, and that might be a backlash to their career, but at least they stood for something. I support Braids for taking a stance, and it’s a lesson that there will always be backlash no matter what stance is taken. Again, the lesson I teach in social media usage is, “if you wouldn’t say it to that person’s face, then don’t say it at all”.