Facts, Now rebloggable by popular request: I was in...
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I was in Denver a just under a year ago visiting a record store I rarely get to visit.  Next door there was a concert getting out, no idea who was playing.  The crowd had some extreme metal fans though, spikes and leather and corpse paint.
Outside the store there was a dad with a crying kid, maybe 12 or 13.  The kid wasn’t being loud or screaming, he was just clearly upset.  The dad wasn’t helping, he kept telling the kid “Shut Up” and “Stop Right Now!” in a loud, mean tone of voice.  Finally the dad went overboard and started shouting at the top of his lungs. It became clear he was angry with his son because his son had told him about a homosexual relationship he was developing with a schoolmate.
The dad kept shouting things like “No son of mine is a fag!” and much worse, stuff I won’t even repeat, basically disowning him in front of the massive crowd, telling him all gays must die, he was going to hell, especially stuff like “gays were wimps” and how he hated wimps.  The whole nine yards fired off at this kid who was sobbing by now and sitting on the pavement.  His dad finally stormed off and the kid sat there probably thinking he’d just been abandoned for life.
A massive hulking metal head in a spiked jacket and 20 pound boots walked over to the kid, crouched next to him.  I was close enough to hear him talk.  He got the kid’s attention, kept saying “Hey, hey kid you gotta listen for a second”.  He ripped a patch off his jacket and gave it to the boy.  He said:
“I want you to take this patch.  It’s a band called Gorgoroth, I don’t know if you’d like ‘em but their lead singer is the coolest, toughest, most bad ass guy on Earth.  He’s gay too.  I’m not but this man is my God, all the way.  He commands more respect than yer dad ever will, and I know this is a shitty way to learn it but you gotta learn this and learn it now:  Gays aren’t doing anything wrong.  People who hate them are.  Whenever someone talks to you like that, even if it’s your dad, you think of this patch and remember that you’re better than any insult they throw at you, man.  You’re stronger, tougher.  Got it?”
By then the kid wasn’t crying, he had a sort of stoicism growing.  His dad saw the metal head with his kid and was heading back, the big guy walked away and the dad took his kids hand and led him off.  The kid put the patch in his pocket and that was the last I saw of them.
The big metal head guy got into his car, a DeLorean.  That car was easily the coolest awesomest thing I ever saw.

Now rebloggable by popular request:

I was in Denver a just under a year ago visiting a record store I rarely get to visit.  Next door there was a concert getting out, no idea who was playing.  The crowd had some extreme metal fans though, spikes and leather and corpse paint.

Outside the store there was a dad with a crying kid, maybe 12 or 13.  The kid wasn’t being loud or screaming, he was just clearly upset.  The dad wasn’t helping, he kept telling the kid “Shut Up” and “Stop Right Now!” in a loud, mean tone of voice.  Finally the dad went overboard and started shouting at the top of his lungs. It became clear he was angry with his son because his son had told him about a homosexual relationship he was developing with a schoolmate.

The dad kept shouting things like “No son of mine is a fag!” and much worse, stuff I won’t even repeat, basically disowning him in front of the massive crowd, telling him all gays must die, he was going to hell, especially stuff like “gays were wimps” and how he hated wimps.  The whole nine yards fired off at this kid who was sobbing by now and sitting on the pavement.  His dad finally stormed off and the kid sat there probably thinking he’d just been abandoned for life.

A massive hulking metal head in a spiked jacket and 20 pound boots walked over to the kid, crouched next to him.  I was close enough to hear him talk.  He got the kid’s attention, kept saying “Hey, hey kid you gotta listen for a second”.  He ripped a patch off his jacket and gave it to the boy.  He said:

“I want you to take this patch.  It’s a band called Gorgoroth, I don’t know if you’d like ‘em but their lead singer is the coolest, toughest, most bad ass guy on Earth.  He’s gay too.  I’m not but this man is my God, all the way.  He commands more respect than yer dad ever will, and I know this is a shitty way to learn it but you gotta learn this and learn it now:  Gays aren’t doing anything wrong.  People who hate them are.  Whenever someone talks to you like that, even if it’s your dad, you think of this patch and remember that you’re better than any insult they throw at you, man.  You’re stronger, tougher.  Got it?”

By then the kid wasn’t crying, he had a sort of stoicism growing.  His dad saw the metal head with his kid and was heading back, the big guy walked away and the dad took his kids hand and led him off.  The kid put the patch in his pocket and that was the last I saw of them.

The big metal head guy got into his car, a DeLorean.  That car was easily the coolest awesomest thing I ever saw.

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