It was with a heavy heart that Sick Chirpse reported the loss of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman to liver failure at the youthful age of 49, after having struggled with a flesh eating-disease for some time. A heavy heart that slowed from its usual Slayer aping 200bpm. Jimmy The Saint covered his feelings on the subject and how important Slayer, and Jeff, had been to him. I had a mutual, youthful exuberance for Slayer, and the fact that the only time I’ve been able to see Slayer live was without Jeff, playing Reign In Blood all the way through at All Tomorrow’s Parties offshoot festival I’ll Be Your Mirror, is all the more gutting now.
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Prior to Jeff’s unfortunate loss to his battle, we had to take Chi Cheng of Deftones’ sudden departure, after showing signs of improvement recently in relation to coma he had been left in since a car accident a number of years ago — it’s not been a good few weeks for the metal/alternative community. So, it’s with a heavy heart and some general disdain that I have to deliver the news that the Westboro Baptist Church have decided to see fit to picket and protest at Hanneman’s funeral.
Never ones to shy away from oozing hate into the atmosphere, the WBC have long since
made a habit of protesting gigs and concerts as well as the funerals of US soldiers; it now appears they’ve decided to blend both those types of protest into one with the picketing of a musician’s funeral. Their intended plan, as Tweeted by the WBC’s official Twitter (seriously?) is to communally sing their parody of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train.
The wonderful thing about free speech is you are able to say anything that you so wish, you have the right, and this right can be used for great good aside from allowing you the freedom to be who the fuck you want to be and say what you want to say. The unfortunate thing about free speech is you are able to say anything that you so wish, you have the right, and this right can be used for great good aside from allowing you the freedom to be who the fuck you want to be and say what you want to say. I wouldn’t have it any other way, because if you do you start sliding down a slippery slope that usually ends in all-powerful, god-like dictatorship. Hi North Korea! (and others).
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Thankfully though, whilst the WBC are perfectly within their right, as humans (though I’m almost certain they’re not), to say what they want and picket and protest at anything they feel like — so too is everyone else. Which leads to the key bit of advice that can be taken from this article; if you’re going to pick a fight — don’t pick a fight with Slayer fans. There are already plans by said fans to organise a counter protest to drown out the WBC. Given the circumstance of this, a funeral at which grieving family and friends will be attending to pay their respects and say their goodbyes, I really hope it does not escalate to out of control; regardless of the cunt quotient within the WBC an all out brawl is only going to egg them on and completely ruin everything for Hanneman’s memorial service.
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Which is why I like that the plan of any counteraction at the moment is to simply drown out the WBC so their hateful, hateful words don’t make it to the friends and family — and to perhaps fill balloons with red paint. I hope that’s how it stays, if the worst comes to the worst and the WBC turn up, that Slayer fans will at most rain blood upon the WBC whilst drowning out their chants and awfully parodies with Reign In Blood all the way through at drown out volume.