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Glenn Danzig: Misfits Couldn't Happen Today Due to "Cancel Culture"

"You could never have the punk explosion nowadays because of woke bullshit"
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Glenn Danzig has something to say, and it's about the hot topic of cancel culture. In a new interview with Rolling Stone that mostly focuses on his upcoming horror-western flick, Death Rider in the House of Vampires, the Misfits frontman revealed that he doesn't think controversial punk bands such as his own would be able to flourish today because of "woke bullshit."

The passage arrives toward the end of the lengthy Q&A when interviewer Kory Grow (formerly of Revolver) asks the 65-year-old to explain the meaning behind the Misfits' infamous 1980 track, "Last Caress." For context, the song contains lines about killing babies and a verse that goes, "I raped your mother today/And it doesn't matter much to me/As long as she spread."

"It's just a crazy-ass song," Danzig told Rolling Stone. "We would do things just to piss people off." The interviewer then asked if it was just a matter of Danzig cooking up the most fucked-up content imaginable for the sake of absurdity. "Part of it, yeah," he replied. "Like, 'Fuck everybody. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck the world.' It was just like, 'Fuck your system, fuck all this bullshit.' It was something else."

It was during his moment of reflection on punk's trollish attitude during the 1980s that the polarizing "c"-word came up. "I don't think people will ever see anything like it again," he said. "There won't be any new bands coming out like that. Now, they will immediately get canceled."

Asked to clarify what he meant, Danzig continued, "People don't understand, because everything's so cancel-culture, woke bullshit nowadays, but you could never have the punk explosion nowadays, because of cancel culture and woke bullshit. You could never have it. It would never have happened."

"We're lucky it happened when it did, because it'll never happen again," he continued. "You won't have any of those kinds of bands ever again. Everyone's so uptight and P.C., it's just like, "OK, whatever."