Anonymous asked: Is the song Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden racist? I read your post when Mastodon made that sexist, racist failed attempt at being subversive thanksgiving shirt so as you are a first nations female metalhead I was wondering your opinion on this. Perhaps to add insult to injury the guys singing it are British. Thank you!
Good question. I really like that song, and I think that the difference is in the approach. Iron Maiden’s song takes a pretty clear stance against the genocide of Native Americans:
ex. “The only good Indians are tame/ Selling them whiskey and taking their gold/ Enslaving the young and destroying the old”
I get that Mastodon wanted to do something to the same effect, but instead of making a poignant piece of art like Iron Maiden, they sold a shirt that did absolutely nothing to encourage critical thought.
It’s the difference between:
1) writing a song that discusses genocide, thereby exposing your fans to important information
2) selling a shirt on Holocaust Remembrance Day that shows a sexy Jewish lady on her knees at the end of an SS officer’s gun barrel