Background: hip hop (or possibly rap according to another source; I'm too musically clueless to attempt to settle this) group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All was booked to perform at the Auckland Big Day Out. A Wellington man wrote a letter objecting to the homophobia and misogyny of their lyrics which resulted in their invitation being rescinded.
Which brings us on to Stuff. Stuff has a poll on the issue which gives three options:
- Yes, their lyrics are homophobic and misogynistic
- No, I love the band
- No, I don't really like the band but I'm for Freedom of Speech
Which, seriously. It is entirely possible to object to the band playing at BDO, believe their lyrics are homophobic and misogynistic and still believe in the helpfully capitalised concept of 'Freedom of Speech'. No Platform is not a new concept (that link goes to a specific example of an anti racist policy, but it's the best general explanation I've can find easily). It's not new to state that limiting someone's freedom of speech is not uninviting them to perform at a music festival, but imprisoning people or executing them. But I think sometimes we miss just how much how giving a platform to some people limits the ability of others to speak.
Comment direction: I won't accept queerphobia in the comments, but feel free to discuss this issue generally from a feminist/queer rights perspective. There have been a few interesting points made, including a possible racial dimension, whether the banning will actually cause more problems for the queer community and the subtleties of the musical genre (of which I admit to being rather ignorant).