December 17, 2012

Yeah, what he said...

A gentleman named Randy Blythe, who is the lead singer, apparently, of a metal band called 'Lamb of God', put into words what I think many of us feel as we watch politicians politicize tragedy, what we feel when people don't/won't stand up, remove their hats and sing along with our national anthem, and what we feel as we witness the daily degradation of our core values.  Mr. Blythe was speaking particularly about those in his concert audience who chose not to observe a moment of silence in honor of the massacre in Connecticut - something even my kindergartener managed to do at school today. 

Being a Constitutional-minded American, I respect the right for all to have an opinion, and for them to express it.  Being a thinking, feeling, decent human being, I know enough to be respectful and even be silent when my verbal disagreement will only cause others to be angry or uncomfortable.  I have heard similar feelings expressed all over the Facebook world since Friday.  This is my little corner of the Internet, I get to do what I want and I also get to control what gets posted by others here.  The same goes, in my mind, for Mr. Blythe and his moment of silence request at his concert.  Observe it, or at least STFU and appear to be observing it for the sake of those around you that have a heart.
During Lamb Of God‘s concert at the Armory in Medford, Oregon Friday night, frontman Randy Blythe requested one minute of silence in remembrance of the children lost in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy earlier that morning.
While the majority of the crowd quietly paid their respects, a disturbing number of concertgoers made noise, talked and generally disrupted the otherwise peaceful moment.
After the concert, a shaken Blythe took to Instagram to express his disgust for those that couldn’t “shut up for sixty lousy seconds.”
“We, lamb of god, asked for sixty seconds of silence during our 1st set break to honor the dead children & teachers in CT. It seemed appropriate- it’s a goddamned national TRAGEDY. Most of the crowd complied, but several didn’t, some cursing & even laughing. I wanted to walk off stage.
I am so disgusted right now- if you were one of those who wouldn’t shut up for SIXTY LOUSY SECONDS to honor twenty MURDERED CHILDREN- go look in the mirror. You are looking at a piece of sh**.
Your parents are obviously pieces of sh** too, because they raised you to behave with no dignity. To the fans who were respectful, I thank you. I am also sorry you have so many goddamned ***holes in your community.
You should do something about that. This sh** would not have happened at a lamb of god show where I live, & that is a FACT. We have more manners. I am just disgusted. Thoroughly DISGUSTED. You yelling people give metal a bad name-screw that, you give humanity a bad name.
Grow up. Your parents should have beaten some manners into you, you savage little beasts. With that I will go to bed, say a prayer for those suffering, & hope for a better day tomorrow, because tonight SUCKED.”

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