Rock Critic Bullying
Very glad I’m not a rock critic anymore. Whatever you think of Macklemore, the bullying of him by rock critics, and bullying of anyone who maybe kinda enjoys him, borders on fascistic.
Music critics are people who were nerds about music for most of their lives, and rather than respect their roots as outcast intellectual weirdos, they’ve ended up acting like the exact same jerks who tormented them in their childhood. And if I was still a rock critic, I’d be just as guilty of this as anyone.
If the worst I had to deal with
in writing about music was backlash for not liking things fans or other critics liked, I’d be fine with
that. In fact, that’s part of the fun. The demand for consensus among rock critics is something that always annoyed me in positive reviews. But when the demand for consensus affects negative reviews, it scares me. It’s not fun for anyone, including those doing the bullying.