Okay, I think this post will be the litmus test as to whether you should be reading this blog. We're going to do a little experiment and see whether you can properly figure this out where the rest of the metal scene clearly hasn't; if you comment with the right answer, you can read. If you have the wrong answer, I will ship you a shiny red ball to play with at the next Municipal Waste show you got to.
So over in New Zealand, cops seized a bunch of Cradle of Filth shirts for violating what amounts to blasphemy laws. Without reading the article, you already know which shirt design it was, don't you? In fact, don't read the above article at all; it won't tell you anything relevant. But I want you to keep in mind that all you have to hear is 'Cradle of Filth shirt seized' and you immediately know which one it was. This is important.
Predictably, Blabbermouth's comment section is filled with people talking about censorship and Christianity as though that's actually what any of this is about. Because most metalheads have all the intelligence of the average pothead 16 year old, they're biting on the narrative of this story hook, line, and sinker without bothering to question some of the odd elements of it. Remember, if it doesn't make sense, there's probably something more to the story. And there is! Because people don't bother reading primary sources anymore, they'll completely dismiss the link to the original news article from New Zealand that Blabbermouth took, edited, and repurposed for the metal crowd. Let's pay attention to one line tucked away at the end of that article:
Mr Skill showed another example of his merchandise – a shirt bearing the words "F*** me Jesus", but said police had "not been interested in it".
So, the important stuff about this whole incident:
1. Cops seize a bunch of Cradle of Filth shirts from a store.
2. Without hearing any details, you know which design they seized.
3. The cops were uninterested in a shirt which violates the same laws in nearly the same way.
Put all of these together in your mind and comment below. I want to see if our readers do better than Blabbermouth.
(Remember, what people want you to think is rarely what's actually happening.)