It’s been a rough month to say the least for Polish Death Metal turned Groove Metal titans, Decapitated. As most of you may already know, the band was arrested on September 9th for allegedly kidnapping and gang raping a woman in Spokane, Washington after a show. They were taken into custody, questioned and blah blah blah, the whole nine yards and we were left to speculate and theorize as to what the hell was unfolding. For my own sanity, I waited to speak on this until further details arose. Well, today we got an update: all 4 members of the band have been formally charged with rape. Vocalist Rafal Piotrowski and guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka for second degree rape and drummer Michal Lysejko and bassist Hubert Wiecek for third degree. While this still doesn’t prove anything, at least it’s another step forward. However, the reason I want to speak on this now, is because while reading up on this, I made a bad judgment call and actually visited the cesspool of vermin that is MetalSucks to see what they had to say about this out if pure morbid curiosity… nothing too out of whack, except for this:
Look, i’m not a fan of the current incarnation of Decapitated; I don’t like anything they’ve put out since Organic Hallucinations, but obviously, this has nothing to do with music, and since we don’t know the truth yet, I feel like I need to address this. In today’s society, we seem to hold this mentality that when a man is accused of raping someone, the accuser’s words are to be taken at complete face value and he’s automatically guilty and no proof is needed whatsoever. Guilty until proven innocent. And anyone who says otherwise is a “victim shamer” and “the reason most women stay silent about being raped”. That, like most other narratives being spread like the plague by radical lefties nowadays, is incredibly ass-backwards. It’s not a matter of “shaming” anyone. It’s a matter of not jumping to conclusions and condemning someone without solid evidence. Nobody is shaming anybody. Leave it of course to the turds at MetalSucks to regurgitate this garbage. It has nothing to do with “misogynist assholes with heinous views”, it’s about having common sense. Is it possible that the band is guilty? Yes. They may very well be, and if they are, then they should face the consequences, no doubt. There is also a chance however, that the accusations are false and the woman in question is lying. I know, i’m such a misogynistic edgelord, right?
Well, first off, If you read the first article linked here, you’ll see this little tidbit:
She already has a history of lying to the police. This sure as hell won’t help her case. This is a side that a lot of people don’t look at. We live in an age where word travels fast… FAST! Anyone can start a rumor just by walking outside their house, pointer their finger in a random direction and yelling “this person raped me” or committed some other heinous act and everyone will run with it. Or anyone with a social media account can post a status or tweet accusing someone of anything and suddenly, they’re public enemy #1, Because ya know, if it’s on the internet, it must be true. This goes for both women and men, it’s not a gender-exclusive thing, so don’t read this thinking I’m some neckbeard woman hater. I’m anything but that. We seem to have become so caught up in the “rape culture” narrative, thanks to sights like MetalSucks, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Tumblr, etc that our paranoia and eagerness to condemn anyone and everyone has been spiked to unearthly levels and it’s made us ignorant and stubborn. So much so that we’re not willing to look at both sides or all avenues of an issue. Especially when it comes to rape and other extreme crimes.
I’m going to give two good examples of this by leaving these here. Charlamagne sums it up perfectly talking about the Bill Cosby case while sharing his own account of being falsely accused.
…and if THAT wasn’t enough, then listen to this gem. Trust me, it’s worth it. Patrice O’Neal’s story:
Such a fucking insane story.
What these guys say rings very true. There is a side to this that we rarely look at. There are certain circumstances that could contribute to a situation involving alleged rape and they’re not as rare as many think. Just listen to their stories and you’ll know, and I know those are just two cases, but look up the many other cases of alleged rape and men being falsely accused and condemned right off the bat before any damn thing is proven. Google is your friend.
So again, this is not about “shaming” a victim or accusing anyone of lying, it’s simply waiting for an outcome. That’s what we need to do here instead of spreading willful ignorance and blind vitriol. I know that’s what most of you lefties like to do because you’re too cowardly to face facts, but it’s true. Just because the band has been charged doesn’t mean they’re guilty yet. If they did in fact rape this girl, then yes, she deserves justice and they should serve some hard time. It’s a heinous act and should be dealt with accordingly, but if they didn’t, and it does turn out that she lied… then THERE IS NO VICTIM. It’s that simple. We may not know exactly what happened on that bus at the moment, but wait until we do know to throw any condemnation at anyone.
This is my take on this for now. If any new developments arise, maybe i’ll make an update. For now, just wait it out and don’t be ignorant.
Until next time.