this is andrew, one of the theater collective members writing this message. the views expressed within it by no means reflect the views of every theater and/or housing collective member. i am addressing this here as the topic of bands with shitty names comes up very often in theater collective meetings, and it fuckin sucks. actions need to be taken

please do not let the band black pussy play Small’s​ this may. for that matter, may we please not have them play anywhere in southeast michigan?

from the statements the band has issued, there is no evidence that any members are black and female-identifying. they all are white dudes. there is no justification for this name whatsoever

to quote the band: “Our band name has nothing to do with race or genitalia. Being that it’s an ambiguous band name—which was the whole purpose of it, so that people could read into it whatever they wanted to read into it—I think that’s being reflected in the discussion right now. I feel that the band name is sort of a mirror of the individual that looks at it.”

for fuck’s sake, will you please stop living in your fictional reality and look at the world around you. misogyny and racism and humanity have always mutually existed. that is how the world is. can anyone really disagree with me on that? these two things are core issues that need to perpetually be on the forefront of our minds. when people hear the term “black pussy,” how can you not immediately think of the marginalization of both women and people of color that has been there for fuckin ever

to quote a friend: “Please do not post any of these things in the comments. 1) Freedom of speech 2) It’s just a band name who cares 3) You’re just giving them more attention

because 1) Freedom of Speech is not freedom from criticism 2) Language is a powerful tool, as I’ve seen demonstrated by the men (and some women) who support this band and the way the react to women who voice their concerns. We need to send a message to future bands that it isn’t cool, you will get boycotted 3) That doesn’t really matter because their music is not good and they will fade away into obscurity, it’s about the bigger picture here.”

write to these and let them know you share similar feelings: Smallsbardetroit@gmail.com & blackirisbooking@gmail.com

thank you

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music will start promptly at 8 so that we can all go over to this after!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1380091248979570/

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Pile – Exploding In Sound rippers from Boston. Like the dude from Neutral Milk Hotel fronting Shellac. Every band that you love loves them.
Destroy This Place – Putting the Ride in Ride the Lightening. Into Big Star as much as Big Black. Proof that melody, volume and rage can all go together.
MPV – Detroit’s bluesy buzz band with an indie heart. 3 killer musicians melting face all over the place.
Animal Faces – Post-hardcore for the thinking man, with melodic guitar runs for days. From Toronto, where Drake is from.
Time Cat – psych-y duo from Akron, OH… where Devo is from.

All Ages
Doors at 7
Music starts promptly at 8 and ends at 11
$6-$11 donation

https://www.facebook.com/events/1427144470912424/

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TONIGHT! doors 8, music 9 with bonny doon first, high dive and purple 7 second and third (maybe not in that order), and defiance, ohio last! see you babes soon!!!

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tonight! music at 9! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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“Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and this gig is soon upon us. This gig is rattling around outside home, pacing back and forth, chain smoking an e-cigarette. When you open the door, this gig will be too stoned to look you in the eye. An attempt to establish verbal communication with this gig will result in one endless quip, looping and infinite. See you tomorrow.”

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