BUTCHER BABIES' HEIDI SHEPHERD Fires Back At OTEP SHAMAYA Saturday November 4 2017, 4:55 PM
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BUTCHER BABIES' HEIDI SHEPHERD Fires Back At OTEP SHAMAYA

Heidi Shepherd   has fired back at   Otep Shamaya   over disparaging comments the   OTEP   frontwoman made about   BUTCHER BABIES .

In February 2017,   Otep   appeared   on   HATEBREED   frontman   Jamey Jasta 's   "The Jasta Show"   podcast, where she revealed a long-running beef with the   BUTCHER BABIES , saying the latter group was "fronted by a couple of fucking moronic bimbos" who were mad at   Shamaya   because she "wouldn't hang out and do blow with them" when   OTEP   and   BUTCHER BABIES   toured together five years earlier.   Otep   went on to threaten   Heidi   personally, saying: "If I see her, I'm going to give her the option of, like, 'Do you want your jaw broken or your ribs broken? Just let me know which your sugar daddy can fix easier.'"   Shamaya   added that she confronted   Shepherd   when   OTEP   played   Knotfest   in 2014. "I saw her and I was, like, 'Yo,   Heidi , I'm right here.' And she just, like, ran away as fast as she could,"   Otep   claimed.

Shepherd , who fronts   BUTCHER BABIES   along with   Carla Harvey , finally responded to   Otep 's allegations during an appearance on   "The Metal Podcast"   late last month. Saying that the "beef" between   OTEP   and   BUTCHER BABIES   existed only "in [ Shamaya 's] head,"   Heidi   insisted that she "got some really good bellylaughs" out of hearing   Otep 's comments about her band.

Asked point blank what the "story" is between   BUTCHER BABIES   and   OTEP ,   Heidi   said (hear audio below): "There's no story. That's the funny thing — it was all freaking made up. There's no story. It's stupid. It's so stupid. It's beyond stupid. I mean, I've seen her so many times over the past couple of years and not one thing has been said. I watched her set from side stage at   Knotfest , where she said she confronted me, I watched her set from side stage, [and] she didn't say a word to me."

According to   Heidi , she was "just as shocked as everyone else" by   Otep 's comments on   "The Jasta Show" . "Not only that, but I haven't done cocaine since I was twenty-two," she added.

"Honestly, it's such a waste talking about it, 'cause it's just so dumb,"   Shepherd   said.

Heidi   went on to say that she was did not want to engage in a war of words with   Otep   because she felt it reflected badly on women who are working hard to make a name for themselves in the hard rock and heavy metal world.

"The rest of us girls, we all get along really well,"   Shepherd   said. "We've created really unique bond between all of us. We all get along so well, and we're all really good friends. I mean, I don't know any other girl in this industry that I don't get along with. Even if I haven't met [some of the girls in the industry], we'll like each other's stuff on   Instagram   and comment, 'cause we're all just really supportive of each other.

"Why have this cheerleader-type beef?"   Heidi   continued. "It just makes absolutely no sense. I don't think that that is something that young girls need to see — two metal singers beefing. Leave that to the pop stars. It's just silly."

As for   Otep 's threat of physical violence,   Heidi   said: "She knows where I live, so if she wants to come break my jaw, she knows where I live. It's kind of stupid."

On the topic of why   BUTCHER BABIES   never responded to   Otep 's comments,   Heidi   said: "Why I would respond? More hate? It's just silly. I'm not gonna fuel the hatred, To be honest, it doesn't make her look good, and it wouldn't make me look good, 'cause I fueled it. So it's just not something that I care to really be a part of. I'm not sitting here bashing her. I don't hate her as a person. I don't have an opinion of her."

Despite   Shamaya 's scathing remarks about the   BUTCHER BABIES ,   Heidi   insisted that she remains a fan of   OTEP 's music to this day. "I grew up listening to   OTEP ," she admitted. "When we got that tour, I was, like, 'Yeah!' I was so excited. First off, it was our first tour in the States. We had toured in Europe and the U.K. with   FOZZY   before that, but this was our first tour in the States. So I was   super   pumped. So I've always been a fan of the music."

During   "The Jasta Show"   interview,   Otep   also said about the   BUTCHER BABIES : "I hate them. I hate those motherfuckers.   Heidi   can fucking suck a fart out of my ass. Fuck that bitch, man. She called me a c**t on   YouTube . I was nice to them. I took them out as my direct support on my tour and they weren't even signed. I did that as a favor." She went on to accuse   BUTCHER BABIES   of writing a song about her called   "Dead Poet" , containing such lyrics as: "She likens herself as to one of the greats, but if you look in her eyes, all you see is hate. She screams her insecurities and the foolish things she thinks. She's just a broken toy in a land of make-believe."

BUTCHER BABIES   are on tour supporting their third album,   "Lilith" , which was released on October 27 via   Century Media . The follow-up to 2015's   "Take It Like A Man"   was produced by   Steve Evetts   ( THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN ,   SEPULTURA ,   SUICIDE SILENCE ) and marks the band's recording debut with new drummer,   Chase Brickenden , who replaced   Chris Warner   last year. Via Blabbermouth


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