Glenn Danzig Decries “Cancel-Culture” and “Woke B*llshit”
Word on the street is that Glenn Danzig was pretty peeved about that Christmas present wrapping photo that surfaced a few months back. I’m tempted to feel bad, but frankly the guy does it to himself: if not for his legendarily churlish attitude towards photographers, it wouldn’t be an issue every few years when a pic of him finally surfaces and the internet goes apeshit over it.
Anyhoo: everyone’s favorite humorless punk warlord is back today with a characteristic rant in which he joins the parade of fellow old men upset about “cancel culture.” The particular flavor this time is related to his roots in punk and how that movement couldn’t have existed in today’s “P.C.” climate, a hypothetical that has no useful bearing in reality; punk existed back then, was important, did its job, and it doesn’t need to exist again!
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Danzig spoke about the Misfits song “Last Caress,” saying, “It’s just a crazy-ass song. We would do things just to piss people off.” When asked if the song was written about “the most fucked up things” he could think of at the time, he replied:
“Part of it, yeah. Like, “Fuck everybody. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck the world.” And that was pretty much the attitude. It was just like, “Fuck your system, fuck all this bullshit.”
“It was something else. I don’t think people will ever see anything like it again. There won’t be any new bands coming out like that. Now, they will immediately get canceled.”
“People don’t understand, because everything’s so cancel-culture, woke bullshit nowadays, but you could never have the punk explosion nowadays, because of cancel culture and woke bullshit. You could never have it. It would never have happened. We’re lucky it happened when it did, because it’ll never happen again. You won’t have any of those kinds of bands ever again. Everyone’s so uptight and P.C., it’s just like, ‘OK, whatever.’”
Lost on Danzig, of course, is the fact that all sorts of rebellious, counter-culture movements are happening every day all across the globe, many of them BECAUSE of “woke bullshit,” not in spite of them. But why bother with petty details like that when he can just be a sour, out-of-touch grump?
Elsewhere in the chat, Danzig complains that movie theaters aren’t open while supermarkets are. I feel that, but unfortunately movie theaters don’t carry kitty litter or French onion soup, so we’re not sure Danzig would find them to be suitable for his presence. Read the whole interview here.