Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has posted a response to a recent Rolling Stone blog post that criticized the lyrics, and subsequent explanation thereof, to the song “March of the Dogs,” which includes lines like “And now the president’s dead/ Because they blew off his head/ No more neck to be red/ I guess to heaven he fled”.
The post, by Rolling Stone’s Mordechai Shinefield, was especially critical of a recent MTV interview in which Whibley explained that the lyrics were meant to be metaphorical. “When you critique the President, call him “gay,” call for an exorcism, and then discuss his death, you aren’t constructing a metaphor. You’re using a different literary device: Rhetoric to incite violence. Punks pushing the envelope aren’t new (the Sex Pistols got in trouble for calling the British crown a “fascist regime”), but backing off your lyrics is weak. You’re supposed to be punk, so act like it.”
Needless to say, Whibley didn’t agree. “I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but it is a fucking metaphor. definition of metaphor 1. a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.” Whibley went on to say that though he is Canadian, he is nevertheless an American at heart. “to dismiss my words and say they’re not relevant because i am from another country is the easy way out for people who don’t really know how to retaliate. i’m not anti-american in any way. i love america. i live in america! but the choices and decisions the president makes effect the whole world, not just america.” OMG DRAMA
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