I know Guns N’ Roses is on tour this summer. I’ve been offered free tickets to see them….good ones too! But I just can’t get myself to go. I love their music. “Patience” and “November Rain” are two of the best song I’ve heard. But Guns N’ Roses “One In A Million” is a song that will forever give me nightmares, especially since I am part African-American and I am also gay.
“Immigrants and fagots/They make no sense to me/They come to our country/And think they’ll do as they please/Like start some mini-Iran/Or spread some fucking disease/And they talk so many God damn ways/It’s all Greek to me”
I was 12-years old at the time, and I distinctively remember there being controversy, but not enough to ruin the band’s career. Despite what the debbie downers say, this country has moved forward. There is still racism and there is still homophobia. But there is no way a band would be able to get away with this today. According to Rolling Stone, Axel didn’t think he had anything to apologize for.
“The N-word? ‘Why can black people go up to each other and say ‘nigger,’ but when a white guy does it, all of a sudden it’s a big put-down?’ The f-word? ‘I’ve had some very bad experiences with homosexuals. … [But] I’m not against them doing what they do as long as they’re not forcing it upon me.”
I hope our readers who enjoy Guns N’ Roses were able to see them. I hold nothing against the fans, and I hope they got their money’s worth. But don’t ask me to see them. And please, don’t say, “Get over it!”