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Gorilla Biscuits Singer Explains His ‘Black Lives Matter’ Comments


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Gorilla Biscuits vocalist Anthony “Civ” Civarelli unwittingly stepped onto a social media landmine when he weighed in on the topic of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement at last weekend’s ‘This Is Hardcore Fest‘ in Philadelphia, PA. Before launching into the band’s anti-racist anthem, “Degradation“, he said from the stage:

“In 2016 people still have to wear shirts that say ‘Black Lives Matter’. No shit. Brown, white, yellow, black, we all fucking matter. Everybody here matters. Do not let the media, schools, institutions, influence you. We are one family, one people.”

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Given the band’s track record with being anti-racist, you’d think his point wouldn’t have been so easily misconstrued but a social media backlash soon followed. It’s a storm that Civarelli continues to weather, having recently told Noisey:

“The whole point of it was how I thought it was a sad state of affairs that, as a people, as the human race, we need to remind people that black lives matter. That’s what it was about—not that black people are wearing those shirts, but that they need to.”

He also further commented on the hypersensitivity of social media and the tendency for snap judgment creating a climate of fear:

“I think people are getting sick of the climate of fear—fear of being judged for saying what’s on your mind. We have to be able to not be afraid to get into a dialogue or conversation for fear that we’re going to be labeled something. I never in a million years thought this would happen to me, especially with a song like ‘Degradation,’ where there is no grey area.”

There’s more from Civarelli on the matter over at Noisey.

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