Arts and Entertainment

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it

By Michelle Mandeau
Published: April 2009

I hate when people call bands, “sellouts. First of all, most people who use the word don’t even know what it means.

The word sellout is defined as, “a person who compromises his or her personal values, integrity, talent, or the like, for money or personal advancement.  In other words, people loosely brand musicians as materialistic and fame-seeking.

I honestly don’t think any band deserves to be called a sellout. Yes, a few bands get caught up in the money and fame, but most don’t.

Young and immature teenage girls think that their favorite, “unknown band has become too popular to hang out with their fans after shows and then seek revenge by posting rude and made-up stories on their blogs and on the band’s message boards.

This then permeates throughout the music scene leading many to believe that what the angry bloggers have said is true. Why blame the musicians though?

The whole point of making music is so that people can hear it and enjoy it. Honestly, if a “fan really considers a band their “favorite, they should be happy that this band becoming more well-known and are finally living out their dream.

Sure, this means that small venues will become sold-out arenas, and it will be a lot harder to actually meet the band, but you can’t be a selfish fan.

If someone had said “I like Pink Floyd so you can’t or “David Bowie is MINE, where would music be today? A band can’t stay small forever; in fact it’s pretty much impossible if they’re good.

How do you think an artist feels when their band is labeled a sellout? 99.9% of the time bands put their all into performances, try their best to meet their crazy fans, and sometimes even risk their health just to satisfy their fans.

The lead singer of the band Cobra Starship, Gabe Saporta, was diagnosed with a cyst on one of his vocal cords. His band was just starting a tour when he got the news, and he still went on the tour and played one of the best shows I have ever seen.

Why would someone spend their money making CD’s, waste their time practicing an instrument, or live in a dirty bus for months, eating only junk food and not showering for days at a time if they didn’t like the lifestyle and were not completely committed to their music?

The whole band experience is to see if playing music is what you were put on this earth to do, share your musical talent with the world, and have a great freaking time while doing it.

Just because your favorite band is becoming famous does not mean you have to stop liking them.

Instead, you should be happy and support them with the fans they really need, the ones they had from the start.

So the next time you underappreciate a band think twice because they might just prove you wrong.

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