(R) Dee Snider / Facebook, L) Bauer-Griffin / GC Images / Getty Images
Kim Kardashian. Kanye West. Gigi Hadid. Jaden Smith. They’ve all got one thing in common, and it annoys the living daylights out of rock fans: wearing band t-shirts in a trendy, ironic fashion. I don’t even mean the regular, run of the mill Beatles or Rolling Stones gear you can snag at your local WalMart for $14 – I’m talking Metallica, Iron Maiden and Exodus t-shirts seen on celebrities who I’d bet my bottom dollar couldn’t name a single song belonging to the band whose shirt they’re rocking, much less classify themselves as anything even remotely resembling a fan.
While it annoys me a little, it doesn’t keep me up at night. In fact, I’m pretty grateful for the new generation of fans who might be birthed by the sight of their favorite reality TV star rocking a cool band shirt; but Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider feels differently, taking to social media to air his frustration with this new trend of co-opting music genres for fashion purposes and taking to task the usual suspects, sparking a pretty solid debate as to who these bands belong to and if it’s really fair to assume that the Kardashians and Jenners of the world could be anything other than closet metal fans.
At the end of the day, it’s just a shirt. It’s just a shirt and non-fans wearing them doesn’t take away from the legitimacy or sheer awesomeness of the bands displayed. If it inspires some kid to head over to iTunes and check out a Motörhead song that isn’t “Ace of Spades,” I call it a win for everyone; besides, isn’t music more fun when you can share it with people who ordinarily wouldn’t check it out for themselves?