Freftd asks: What do you think of bands like the dropkick murphy’s flogging molly etc?? i know folk is gross but what if it is genuine folk like the dubliners or folk/rock like the pogues?? is irish folk music more valid because it revolves around getting drunk?? also why are americans obsessed with being irish because they have about 1 irish cousin or some irish ancestry and back it up with a shamrock tattoo. is that like an earlier version of white people with non english tattoos???
I’m glad you asked, because I’ve been meaning to address this topic for a while. Basically, I think “white ethnicity” is the gayest fucking thing on earth, which makes shitty ‘punk’ bands based on some Americans’ fantasies of being working-class Irish people a giant swirling galaxy of gayness. And let me add that although my father is from Norway and my mom is American, I have the most Irish name of all time (basically along the lines of Seamus McGillicutty) so I know a thing or two about fake Irish people (because I am one).
My issue with white ethnicity is the same reason I get so irritated by people who are obsessed with travel, have quirky alternative weddings, and other enraging white foolishness. You see, the reason why sheltered whites make a huge deal out of their faux-ethnicity is because they are boring people who have never done anything interesting and accordingly feel like their lives are hollow and meaningless.
This aznbro knows what’s up with ‘white ethnicity’- “Bitch, you’re three flavors of vanilla, am I supposed to know?”
This is hard for them to handle, since whites all have a deep need to feel like special snowflakes, so when they realize that they are actually not so special they hate themselves. And I can’t blame them, they are disgusting, weak people who probably should hate themselves. In their desperate search to find specialness, they latch onto some fragment of their supposed ethnicity and blow it out of proportion (with embarrassing results). You see, it’s much easier to make yourself sound exotic and worldly by saying shit like “I’m 1/8 Cherokee, that’s where I get my tenacity!!” than actually doing something meaningful.
- have ‘traditional instruments’ in your band
- talk about what ‘clan’ your ‘ancestors’ were in
- have a coat of arms
- have a goatee
- were stoked that Forrest Griffin walked out to a Dropkick Murphys song
- own a kilt one of those stupid old man hats
- wear Doc Martens
You’re not Irish, you’re a fucking asshole.