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FEATURE: White, all-male, band Black Pussy facing growing pressure to change their name

March 20, 2015

A new Change.org petition is gaining momentum callsing for the name change of white, all-male, metal band Black Pussy
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By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor
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Sara Haile-Mariam and Laila Nur are two in particular who are taking a stand against the controversial group. Sara who sings and plays drums in rock band Music Bones writes:
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“When I try and find the words to explain why the band’s name is offensive I struggle. I’m at a loss to explain a band enlisting a name so callous, so devoid of historical context, so irresponsible with our lives to represent their art.  I struggle with understanding how a band with the name “Black Pussy” has no problem booking a national tour while our band’s attempt to feature the words “black lives matter” on a guitar amp was too hot for DC. I struggle with even dignifying the name with a response”.
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Musician and activist Laila Nur adds the following, “This all white, all-male band, all-privilege band from Portland Oregon, prides themselves on being hilariously offensive and degrading to black women and their bodies. They’ve been gathering racist and sexists fans, one even posting that they should have named it “Nigger Poon Raper Band”. They are hoping to profit from the cultural hatred, sexual violence, exploitation and degradation of Black female bodies. This is a long running historic issue and people from all over have started to call them out. We are actively and successfully shutting down their shows on this current tour to bring an end to this disgusting publicity stunt.”
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Read more on the story here.
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