Fuck what people think. If they wanna assume I’m racist because of a burzum patch, they aren’t the kind of people I need to interact with. That’s like saying a girl shouldn’t show too much skin or people might assume she’s slutty. Sounds like ignorant people making assumptions based on physical appearance and anyone with a rational and mature brain in their head knows you “can’t judge a book by it’s cover”
Burzum is great music. Listen to it, don’t base your life on the artist’s personal philosophies. That’s immature teenager stuff.
but please, please, please stop wearing and buying patches, shirts, hoodies, records and everything else by Burzum.
I take Varg’s music in a completely different way than I take anything related to his personality or his politics. His lyrical themes have nothing to do with…
Jackson, I know you’re not racist. I also know that listening to Burzum alone will not make someone racist. Varg has a history of racism and that is what Burzum symbolizes to a lot of people. I don’t think it’s worth wearing Burzum stuff if other people are going to think you are a racist skinhead, even though anyone who actually knows you knows that you are quite the opposite.
At the risk of being this guy, I’m going to take this on again.
You can’t blame people for not knowing enough about black metal to be able to separate Varg’s politics from his music. Black metal is a very elite and obscure (kvlt, if you will) subculture, not everyone can know all the nuances.
Clothes are a huge signifier of cultural identity. By wearing the image or name of a racist (or his “band”) on your clothes, you tell everyone who sees you, “I support a racist’s art.” And while you claim you can separate a person from the art they make, I don’t think that’s possible (I mean art is supposed to come from your heart, right? If it doesn’t, it’s probably not good art.). It’s hard not to take his politics into his art, especially when Burzum is essentially a solo project.