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Sunday, February 19, 2017

In Interest of Fairness...

What a crazy week its been!!!  But are you not entertained????
We have been pushing the angle of the charity being fraudulent and then a few days ago it was revealed that a band playing the Fest had a registered sex offender.  We did not name the band because of due research (we had been focusing on Ben's Encore).  Some of the anonymous commenters did point it out.

Then yesterday, the Hamtramck Music Festival site put out a laughable statement about a forthcoming statement which I dissected in the previous post.  It really is a hoot.  Check it out!

I started to connect the dots and realized the band in question may very well have been made out to be a patsy/scapegoat in all of this.  Whether I'm right about this or wrong, it sure got talking about bringing integrity back to the HMF so somebody accomplished what they were trying to do.

Expect that to last a day when the committee posts their official statement Monday.  (Needed the weekend to get a thesaurus).

Since then I, Ryan Metro, have been threatened numerous times regarding a "boot party" coming my way.  I counted six threats from people with public profiles like Nick Snow, former latte expert.  Yes, I have the screencaps saved in my folder (next to the porn) so I can prove what I am preaching (unlike Ben's Encore).  A few of my buzzards informed me that a "boot party" is a skinhead-related term, which is even more hilarious because not only is it a physical threat, but also a racial one.  Great job Nick!!!

We dealt with the same threats when we played the first HamFest from bands like Hellmouth and various sandwich makers, and of course we showed up, played, and nobody did a thing (show to be available for purchase soon on dvd).

This back and forth mentality is out of control.  "Let me stick up for HamFest"....by making racist/hate crime remarks.  You guys are gold.


But let me get to the point.  A member of the band in question issued a statement about what has been going on, and since I posted HamFest's statement, I will post this one without any editing.  So, in the interest of fairness......

"To my community:
If you care about me and are my really friend, you will share this post as much as you can. I am also begging you to do so. I have never laid down to my community as I am now and begged for mercy. Please do not take this lightly as it is my livelihood, my health and everything I have worked for.
As a woman and a feminist, I have been fighting the frontlines for years. I have been sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, discriminated and mistreated in the rock scene in Detroit and abroad. When I lived in Santiago, Chile (My mother is from there, I am Latina), I was the only woman in my entire class of 120 students. My professors discriminated against me and sexually harassed me, but still I persevered. It was not acceptable for women to sing or play rock and roll in Chile and I persevered regardless. I came back to the United States and started my band, White Shag. Again, I found myself being mistreated for being a woman in the rock scene to the point where I wanted to give up. I persevered. I have mentored and taught young girls, boys, women and men in music and have inspired not just women, but men as well. I have written feminist anthems such as "Bleed" which is about the constant struggle of proving myself as a woman in the music scene. I wrote die for me "Die for Me" (and I have never shared this, because I have been ashamed to) about a decision I had to make about keeping a child or not when I was a younger woman. Those of you who know, know that when I rock, I rock hard and I want every woman to feel comfortable doing that on stage. That is why I do what I do.
I'm sure you have heard about all the terrible rumors going around about my band. When I met my guitarist, 10 years ago, a friend brought to my attention his prior conviction. I was extremely concerned at first. Although, I am a very intuitive and empathetic person and my gut kept telling me to go do my own research. I ordered court documents so I could make my own deduction of what had happened and I realized, that what this person did was inexcusable, but it was not fair to judge him or remove him from my life (and if you want my opinion on the matter, please feel free to private message me or email at laura@whiteshag.com). I also found it a shame to judge someone that had to take a plea instead of going to court and fighting the fight for financial reasons (Sidenote - I suggest you watch The 13th with Oprah Winfrey for more information on that). I never felt unsafe around him either, even though he didn't know I knew about his conviction. He had also very clearly done his time and I didn't feel it was right not to play in a band with him because he used poor judgement in his past. Everyone deserves a second chance.
Unfortunately, this has reared its ugly head 10 years after my guitarist served his time and fellow bands and women are saying terrible things about my band. These are things that I've had to turn over to an attorney and pay for with money I do not have. I'm sure you all saw that I was in the hospital the other day for a heart attack, which was actually an anxiety attack due to all of the stress from this madness. Since then, I have seen my fellow women call me a "rape apologist" and friends and fellow bands turn their backs on me and drop out of festivals we are on. I tried to reach out to these people at first because I wanted to talk with them, but the only person who I managed to have a conversation with was irrational, hateful and judgemental. It was very clear that my fellow feminists and Detroit musicians were not willing to hear my cry. Since I went to the hospital, I have been sent physical threats by my fellow females and musicians (which I've had to involve the police) and have been witch hunted continuously on forums in the community that have kicked me off so I don't even have a voice. The venues and festivals we are on are getting bombarded with emails to have us dropped or kicked off. My friends and fellow bands that have defended us have been threatened as well. I have been shunned by my fellow musicians even though I was praised by them not long before they made their judgements about what they don't know. All of you who know me, know that me and my band do NOT deserve this. We are good people who have stood up and supported this community for years. This is hateful, judgemental and hurtful. It is not right to say that my guitarist, or anyone for that matter, who has a prior past to be shunned from ever having a normal life again, especially if they are doing everything to have a normal life.
If this is a matter of safety and someone feeling unsafe, I ask that you email me or contact me with your concerns. Your name will be protected. I don't want ANYONE to feel unsafe!!! I will see to it myself, as a woman and a Latina, that you do, if that is the issue!! The door is open!
I know that this is probably going to open me up for more harassment, but I cannot stay quiet anymore. I tried to ignore this, but no longer can. I'm sure I will be shunned by the fellow female community as well as the music community for this even though I have been fighting the frontlines for women and Latinas in music for so long. Not just sitting behind a computer and posting. My talent, my music, my band- it speaks for itself. This is supposed to be about music. Let's keep it that way.
I will not give up. I haven't up until now even after all of that and won't ever!
If you know me and respect me, you will share.
Laura Mendoza
Lead singer and bassist of White Shag"

So there you go.  Look at us being completely objective for once! How quickly and catty people can turn on a dime around here.  Up until 2 weeks ago, Hip in Detroit were doing interviews with them and Milo was writing their band bio (thanks anonymous commenters).  Now everybody is distancing themselves.  So typical Detroit.  But are you not entertained?????

Follow the Buzzards,
Bryan Metro

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

The irony is that the dude did his time but the Festival committee......there's a big surprise coming for you...

Anonymous said...

Are you getting the generator and playing pope park, or are you staying home?

Bryan Metro said...

Nahhhhh re:Pope Park. At this point there will be too many bands already playing there.

Anonymous said...

This right here, this is the real show.

Pete Frosh said...

When tomorrow's statement comes out (or what a future prosecutor will refer to as 'Exhibit E') play this fun drinking game!

1.) Every time the phrase "by the people, for the people" appears, take 5 shots of Stoli (one for each of Ryan Allen's extra arms/kids)

2.) For every mention of 'inclusive' take 4 swigs of beer (one for every record store Lee has run into the ground)

3.) And do 1 shot of whiskey (for the total number of bands that will still be playing once this thing runs its course) at each attempt by the "organizers" to pat themselves on the back while simultaneously shifting blame

Bryan Metro said...

We need to get you a log on to Lavender Blog Peter.

Anonymous said...

This White Shag witch hunt is a painfully obvious ploy, maybe even by the committee itself (though that would give them credit for being intelligent) to deflect the fact that they are completely incompetent and will be used as a ploy to "bring the community together" in their eventual statement. Everybody on the committee should be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

I don't think its a ploy by the committee...it took them 2 fucking days to write a zero tolerance policy and a mission statement LOL

Anonymous said...

Seraphine collective is behind the witch hunt. They want to prevent White Shag from playing anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Is it s witch hunt if the guy is guilty? sorry if you like the creep or his bandmates but he took advantage of women in a sacred place of healing and finger fucked them AGAINST THEIR WILL and went to jail for it.

The whole thing was ignited when the festival booked JCM (they knew what they were in for) and then cancelled them for doing what they do. JCM pointed out that it was bullshit to be singling them out when there was dudes like Golden Torso saying just as bad of shit. This obviously riled the people who knew about the finger rapist so they spoke up. It's not a witch hunt, things just unfolded in a way that exposed a sexual predator. JCM didn't create this. Neither did Seraphine. Jorge did.

People deserve second chances but it might help if he shows some remorse instead of saying he was framed. The whole coked-out shit rocker thing is fucking lame and the only people defending the guy is old fucks and dirtbags.

Since this festival is a fundraiser for kids, a person who can't be within 100 feet of a school should not be allowed to play. Not rocket science. Not a witch hunt.

Anonymous said...

Let's get real - the facts about White Shag aren't going to change anything, just like the HMF will move forward with no real repercussions. Anyone who's been around more than a couple years knew about "Jorge Cortez's" troubles with women and the law, just like they know Laura would devour her own young for a gig. They didn't care, because White Shag has a little buzz and a few connections. The same reason that they never boycotted JCM until there was a bigger danger in losing Queen Kwong - they wanted the JCM attendance and buzz. Most of this scene would book Donald Trump (and his back-up band, The Gaslighters) if it meant a guaranteed crowd. Just like noone cares to actually check if the charity gigs money goes to the charity.

So Jon Witz will continue to book White Shag for ABE and Winterblast and other bands will suckle right back up so that they can hopefully catch a tiny bit of shine from the afterglow, rapist guitar player aside. The next two weeks will be full of bullshit musicians and hacks like Cave Radio kissing up to Laura online (we still love you, fuck the haters, puke) And JCM, in a 2017 scene where there is no real Metro Times or worthwhile blogs, are finding bands cant afford to take sides against Hip in Ferndale or Jeff Milo.

You fellas quit at the right time. WHich is good, because I always thought your music sucked, but appreciated the attitude.

Anonymous said...

^golden torso

Anonymous said...

Donald and The Gaslighters is a great band name.

Bryan Metro said...

Nahhhh not Golden Torso. Once they realized they were in over their head they wussed out. I do have screencaps of them saying they like what we do, along with an offer to play a show, saved before they were deleted. We never took a side against Milo. We consider him, say, an acquaintance. We do however despise Hip in Detroit since the year they put personal information about us (jobs etc.)on their FB (and of course quickly deleted it). The main thing to take from this is that we have been the only entity in this area that has allowed people to state their mind, praise, complain, point out facts, point out alternative facts, and not have their comments be censored/deleted. The only comment we deleted in years included a personal e-mail address and did not want them to be harrassed. We do allow them to be made anonymously, which we don't have to do. We could always require registration/name required, or even worse require comment approval like Hip In Detroit does which is censorship of the highest degree (notice the zero comments on their posts....or maybe people are just afraid of being associated with reading that crap). And since I am one step ahead of the cup a haterz, yeah yeah maybe that's why people choose to comment anonymously on our blog. But it doesn't change the fact that we allow a forum for people to say WHATEVER they want. We have a zero tolerance policy for censorship. People are cowards by nature, but we have been out in front the entire time. Ten years, a decade of disrespect. How many FB comments have been removed the past few weeks? How many accounts have been blocked? How many tax re-filings have been made? And it is all because of us. It really is. In a moment I will post the Ben's Encore laugher of a statement in the issue of fairness (is that even a phrase, ah fuck it), and comment after it plus a few final notes, then will be moving on to more fun things because the Hamtramck Music Festival's phantom committee has sucked the life out of this town, not us. Would I ever lie to you?

Anonymous said...

Asia Mock, actually. The only reason Jorge being a sex offender came up at all in relation to HMF was because in her thread (about the Queen Kwong issue) Lainie Beth brought up that fact. Most of the female artists and fans with their ears open have known about Jorge for YEARS. Asia did not know and when she found out, White Shag was going down in a hurry.

Anonymous said...

well, then good on Asia and Lainie. Nice try trying to out them. They are fucking badasses for doing what is right. Get with the times. Women won't have it anymore. And they have power. T

Anonymous said...

So you wanna finance background checks on all the artists playing HMF to keep the poor innocent women safe? Just wondering...I am sure there are lots more slimy jerks than Jorge out there on the lineup. Is that what needs to happen? Really?

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

Asia Mock, actually. The only reason Jorge being a sex offender came up at all in relation to HMF was because in her thread (about the Queen Kwong issue) Lainie Beth brought up that fact. Most of the female artists and fans with their ears open have known about Jorge for YEARS. Asia did not know and when she found out, White Shag was going down in a hurry."

How fucking blind and stupid are people?? "Asia Mock, actually because of the Queen Kwong issue". Ummm don't you realize that all the issues brought up were because of this blog. "White Shag going down in a hurry"???? Took 3 days for the phantom committee to move. Asia Mock should stick to covering her face... Benefits everyone

Anonymous said...

Lol thanks, Scary Spice.

Anonymous said...

Wrong. Nobody reads Asia Mock. Lavender is the new black.

Anonymous said...

Seems "Scary Spice" just took HMF to school in a huge fucking way. So did JCM. Sorry your embarrassingly cheesy coke buddies/band friends got called out.

Anonymous said...

Nah, that was all exposed by JCM. I guess taking credit for a man's work is now a feminist value.

Anonymous said...

Nah, JCM seemed to be pretty hands-off on the Jorge thing and even mentioned that he probably served his time. Nice try, brah.

Anonymous said...

News broke here in the comment section then spread. Shitty of you to co-opt that and claim it for someone else. But that's what happens in echo chambers where censorship begets bad information begets ignorance. Brah.

Anonymous said...

Hmm seems one of the Spice Girls went off the reservation and was a set piece for ole Jorge "Salad Fingers" Cortez. Or maybe she was cosplaying as Dirty Sanchez that night?

Anonymous said...

She is the one who threw a fit and threatened to protest outside the venue. Her page is like a trainwreck of SJW feminist nonsense. I can't look away.

Anonymous said...

Protesters will be the only ones in attendance by the time this shitshow starts.

Anonymous said...

Sooooo,
New fan here, what happened to the Hamfest Preview posts? Available anywhere or lost like tears in rain?

Bryan Metro said...

They were deleted after we were booted because why give a rub to a cup a haterz. They are not actually deleted and can be reposted any time. If you have a specific band request I can cue them up.

Anonymous said...

I can verify that the wenches of Unhip in Detroit are the worst, ignorant, illiterate jokes in town. I once made a comment on their blog after seeing a non-sensical, written-by-a-12-yr-old music post on FB. My comment was derogatory, but in a factual, direct way (i.e., "um, The High Strung are not a "hot new amazing fun band"...they've been around 10 years, even though you apparently just discovered them. Maybe you're not hip." The response was a tag-team flurry of fuck-you's, "do you know who we are?", and other pre-teen nonsense. FYI, a number of local musicians know Sadie is nuts and keep their distance. How could a person write like 6th grader and actually put it online?

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