News•December 19, 2014 2:55 PM ET•13,179 views
Petition launched to bar Attila from Skate & Surf
Calling the band "homophobic," one New Jersy resident has launched a Change.org petition to prevent Attila from performing at the newly announced 2015 Skate and Surf Festival, slated to take place in Asbury Park, NJ in May. Here the pitch:
Last year, the legendary Skate and Surf Festival returned to Asbury Park after ten years away. While the man behind the scenes, John D, has the city's best interest at heart, he has made careless mistakes when booking certain performers. Last year, upon moving the festival to Asbury, the city required he remove the hip hop artist DMX from the bill, citing homophobia in his music. This year, a band called Attila is on his festival's lineup. This band makes frequent use of the word f****t as a slur and acts as this is not harmful. I fear that, while the punk community is generally very accepting, this band will bring a crowd of people that will overall intimidate people and make the large LGBT+ community that may be at these shows feel threatened and unsafe. I urge the city of Asbury Park to consider asking John D and Skate and Surf to remove the band from the bill. Thank you.Countering accusations of homophobia amidst a Twitter dust-up with Senses Fail's Buddy Nielsen in October, Attila frontman Chris Fronzak had the following to say:
If you think I'm homophobic in any way possible, you're clearly either an idiot or you're in a washed up band that nobody cares about— LORD ZILLA THE FIRST (@FRONZ1LLA) October 22, 2014
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