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This Blog Post Will Make You Understand Why Amanda Palmer Is The Worst

I’ve established a bit of a reputation for myself as a Professional Amanda Palmer basher, ever since I wrote an angry little parody poem in response to her “Poem for Dhzokhar” which ended up exploding onto BuzzFeed and The Guardian UK. I was never particularly fond of her, even before that — some of her music is fine, sure, but her Neutral Milk Hotel Jukebox Musical left a very sour taste in my mouth1, and her production of Cabaret at the American Repertory Theatre was the single worst (not to mention most masturbatory) professional theatre production I have ever experienced — but it wasn’t until recently that I really started seething at the mention of her continued existence on our shared plane of reality. That might sound a little extreme — she hasn’t, you know, killed anyone or anything — but the cognitive dissonance between the message that Amanda Palmer conveys and the things that she actually does fills me with such vehement anger, that I feel the need to articulate the ongoing problem that she continues to present.

I’m choosing to write about this now is because I’ve had a number of people bring my attention to her latest blog post about Justin Bieber’s arrest, all saying that they awaited my snarky response to it. And while sure, I could do that (hell, maybe I still will), I thought it would be better for me to take the Amanda Palmer approach and express my feelings in a rambling blogpost which I can then in turn proclaim to be “art” and thereby diminish any and all criticisms of my own shortcomings by blowing a raspberry at my detractors and say “IT’S JUST ART YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND I’M JUST TRYING TO EXPRESS MYSELF AND THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.”

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Casual Misogyny Ruins a Great Song: Patent Pending’s “Hey Mario”

My good friend Jake sent me this song the other day, needing some place to vent. And he’s right. It’s totally fine to pander to a 15-year-old audience, and to write a classic “You gotta move on, stop thinking about that girl” type song. Nothing wrong with that! And doing it through the veil of Mario? Even better! But to tear down and insult the woman (Princess Peach, in this example, who’s not only a Princess, but a badass fighter in her own right) is not only unnecessary, but it also contributes to many of the larger problems that plague our culture, by sending the message that this is right, this is okay.

I’m not particularly a fan of Patent Pending, but it’s nice to see that their singer took some time to respond to Jake’s blog post and apologize. I know it’s a popular trend these days to rail against apologies that “aren’t good enough,” but personally, I don’t subscribe to that belief. If it seems sincere, I’ll take it, so long as it comes with the promise — and delivery — that next time, you’ll do better, because that’s all that any of us can really do.

Jacob Wake Up!

Dear Patent Pending,

I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.

I’m a big fan of the band. Really. I remember seeing you in small halls in CT when Gary booked you. I think the song Douchebag brilliantly calls out jerks. I think She Only Wants My Blood is clever in an MTX kind of way. Spin Me Around and One Less Heart to Break practically made me cry.

So obviously, I was totally stoked for your new video. In fact, in this moment, I’m still stoked. I’ve already watched it three times.

And I’m watching the video, rocking out… and the line about “chasing this %$&@ forever” comes. Okay, you bleeped it out, you knew it was wrong. But, the line “ain’t never let a ho get em down” stopped me in my tracks. Was it really necessary? It wasn’t.

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