Why Do Music Fans Think Its Cool To Body Shame Aging Rock Gods? Monday July 9 2018, 7:23 PM
Why Do Music Fans Think Its Cool To Body Shame Aging Rock Gods?

I recently read an article about Motley Crue front man Vince Neil, showing him playing a live show at an outdoor festival. It was a cool article that included an interview with Vince, and I felt happy to see him still out there performing Motley Crue songs on stage. I was a huge Motley Crue fan in the early 90’s and I always thought Vince was hot with his tanned skin, blonde hair, and skin-tight clothes. He was most certainly a sex symbol and a badass who was idolized by many when the band was at its prime.


I enjoy reading stories and articles about all of those beloved bands from my childhood, and this was no different. When I got down to the comments section, I was appalled. Every other comment on that article was a slam on how Vince looks now. He was called fat, gross, old and nasty. Some folks decided to make a game out of renaming Crue songs to have something to do with food as a way to fat shame Vince. I have seen this happen so many times, too. I have read disgustingly cruel comments about Sebastian Bach (one of the most beautiful men to ever grace a stage, thank you very much), Marilyn Manson, Axl Rose, and many more. So eventually, I had to ask the question: Why is this sort of shaming and bullying a thing? And more specifically, why do so many jump at the chance to do this to older celebrities?


(Above Taken From The Comment Section on  Blabbermouth)

Have we forgotten the happiness and joy that these artists brought us back in the day? Have we forgotten the talent, hard work, and ambition that it took for them to gain fame? Have we forgotten their stage presence and how they left all of themselves on the stage when they performed for us at sold out shows? And most importantly, have we forgotten that these people are human beings with emotions and feelings? That they are human beings who have experienced their own ups and downs in life, have been through suffering and dealing with their own personal demons? And is it really a sin to grow older and to have one’s body show the signs of age and a life well-lived? And why is everything about a person’s looks all of a sudden? Hasn’t it always been about the music? Why are folks so quick to try and destroy another human being with harsh, shameful vitriol that targets their physical appearance?


From a psychological standpoint, body shaming comes from a place of insecurity on the part of the one doing the shaming. When we are unhappy with ourselves, we lash out and hurt others. In this case, however, I think it goes deeper than that. Some folks seem to be so damn jealous of the successes of others that they jump at the opportunity when they see what they deem as a weakness, and then they go in for the proverbial “kill”. Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Axl Rose, and others have all lived their own unique lives. They were Rock Gods (and still are, in my humble opinion) and lived the life that most of us could only dream of. Now that they are aging and are showing signs of being mortal, the folks with low self-esteem (now called “haters”) have come out of the shadows to throw stones in the most superficial way possible: by making fun of their appearance. It’s disgusting, really. And you know what? It makes the folks who engage in this sort of behavior show themselves to be what they really are: insecure little people who relish in hurting others to make themselves look better. They are small-minded rats with nothing worthwhile going on in their own lives so they get their kicks while trashing others. All the while, Sebastian Bach and Vince Neil are out there banging beautiful women and doing what they love: continuing to make music. The jokes on you, body-shaming assholes.


And I only have one thing to say about the blatant ageism that these folks display. Every single one of us will grow old (if we are so lucky), our bodies will change, our hair will change, we will gain weight in the strangest of places. Nobody can escape this if you live long enough, not even our Rock Gods. So stop bashing for people for getting older. It’s dumb.

So VinceSebastianAxl….Marilyn…if by some chance you happen across this article, please know this: Your music and your style influenced generations of people from all over the world. You brought joy to us, were the soundtrack to many of our most amazing memories, and in many cases, your music helped us get through tough times when nothing else could. So many of us still love your music and appreciate and admire the fact that you are still making art and are still out there performing. We don’t care if you are getting older, if your hair is thinning, if you don’t jump around as much on stage, or if your tight leather pants don’t fit the same way that they used to. We are happy to still have you in this world. I apologize for all of the shallow, superficial assholes out there who spew their hateful bs about things that that are none of their business. Live your life, eat what you want, do things your way. You f’ing deserve it. Keep being the badass legends that you are, and more than anything, please keep on rocking.

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Loudini Rock & Roll Circus
Loudini Rock & Roll Circus This is part of the youth obsessed/youth is best mentality that is so pervasive in our society. In tribal traditions, the elders where held in great reverence. Men and women that led the community through great battles or struggles with natural disasters etc... where cherished. We look at older folks today and say..."Isn't that cute... he's still trying to be a rock and roller, (actor, leader) etc..." These people set the standard or at least moved it forward in a way that is still felt today in rock/pop music. Many of them still sound good too. They do not deserve shame. Many of them have had struggles that we the fans will never know and they are still out there playing great music. If anything... this should be a cautionary tale to all of us... we all get older. Do we want to be shamed for it by our friends, peers,clients and customers? Yet to be honest... as I write this... it occurs to me that these folks have chosen a path where youth and looks are highly valued. Maybe if they were jazz artists their looks would not even be considered. Pop music and fashion have gone hand in hand since the time of Frank Sinatra and probably even before that. Maybe the problem is how we have allowed ourselves to be fooled. Instead of looking at the tabloids, social media memes, TV and music videos, we should just LISTEN to the music. If music was put out without knowing what the artists looked like, would we find ourselves liking the same music? How much of our musical tastes are shaped by the actual music vs. the fashion, the gossip, and the "rock star life style"? This ugly shaming of our cherished classic artists could be a wake up call. Maybe it's time to tune everything out and just listen to the music....
one week ago
marietta moonshine
Marietta Moonshine You certainly bring up some very good points. The whole "video killed the radio star" statement has a lot of truth to it. When folks all became aware of what musical artists looked like, looks became a very important part of everything. But all in all...the music is the most important thing. Perhaps you are right and we have all lost sight of that. It is sad, though, to shame folks for growing older and for the changes that occur to their bodies. When these rockers are dead, everyone will be talking about how sad it is and how much we will miss them, yet we crucify them and are hurtful to them while they are still here. It's crazy.
one week ago
DJ Thunderhead
Thunderhead Excellent article, and Yes very true I could say I am a lot bigger That axl and Vince But I look Up to Them for what I Have heard In my youth and will continue to listen does Not matter what you look Like or How Big you did and will continue Kick ass Tunes cheers
one week ago
DJ Thunderhead
Thunderhead And Angus in That AC/DC vid He is Not Young But he Kills It everytime we all Know who The Best are
one week ago
Zach Moonshine
The Beast I atill love all theae guys no matter what they look like I have a beer belly now too as most metalheads my age do lmao
one week ago
Zach Moonshine
The Beast i cant stop watching that video with axl singing for acdc its soo bad ass god i hope they make an album with him soon
6 days ago