In my last journal, I said that a certain teenage celebrity offending heavy metal, calling it a dark form of music that drives its fans towards "sin" and "anger'.
I originally found this here: www.facebook.com/notes/y-en-el…
but it's in Spanish. With the help of Google Translator, I shall do my best to translate it into English. I couldn't find the original letter anywhere else.
I'm warning you now, the translation may be a bit difficult to understand.
Here's that kid's letter:"I wrote this letter to everyone who has unleashed a torrent of abuse towards me that has become increasingly strained, reaching the physical point during one of my last concerts. Leaving aside what may be an isolated incident (the impact with the bottle that I received), I will focus on young people using the Internet to express their aversion to my music and my person, which I can no longer tolerate.
The people to whom I refer are followers of a style of music they call heavy metal. These adolescents are violent, express themselves poorly and live their lives as a punishment, something bad. I just want to spread the world of music with my happiness and they try to cloud my work with their mournful thoughts. I never disrespected them. I have never mentioned them until now, because I, like any human being, have a limit of what I can tolerate and what I can't.
I have discovered that many people of this nefarious group are willing to have YouTube delete my videos. At learning this, I felt very bad. And bad for you, whose desire is to restrict the freedom of expression of an artist, which I am. Is it good to suppress what you dislike? Your Machiavellian plan will not succeed, Youtube will not delete a runaway success that is good fun, like my songs.
Moreover, I inform you that although I have nothing against you except for how you have hurt me, I profusely reject metal. Why? Because the music is dark, violent, and dull and encourages young people to walk the path of sin and become increasingly enclosed in a melancholy reverie, melodramatic and pointless. I will not lie, I heard metal bands and have rejected them.
To give an example, I will mention Metallica. The singer, Hetfield, is mediocre and shouts excessively, completely lacking the melody with which I was born. And the guitarist only makes noise. Where is the music, then? Another band that I've also heard is Megadeth. I thought it was different, but I was wrong. The singer uses a vocal style that I dislike, like something that makes me feel like crying. And the other musicians in the band... I'd rather not give an opinion.
But beware, this is not aggression; it is a constructive criticism based on the many years of vocal training I've had, thanks to which I have become what I am. In short, live and let live. Coexist. Support diversity. If you respect me, I will respect you.
Your friend, Justin"NOTE:
This is a translation, so they might not be his exact words.
Here is Jame's Hetfield's reply (also translated). "I have seen the need to respond to the insults received yesterday from Justin Bieber, since his words have hurt my pride for referring to my art and my music negatively. The truth is, I felt really bad last night when I learned this because with all my years in music, I don't know what to do. I honestly do not know that all my years in this career have been disqualified by inexperienced people moving masses in a way that does not please me.
Technically, I could have taken legal action. But I choose not to, due to the boy's age... I will not torment him with a legal procedure. My sources have informed me that [Dave] Mustaine [from Megadeth], who is in his own right, has decided to take legal action but I doubt he will continue. We know that Dave is temperamental, but he has a good heart and this boy knows not what he says.
I'm not criticizing my colleague for going as low as him, but the only thing I do wanna say is [for Bieber to] have respect, which is what he lacks. He should learn that a momentary and transitory success does not rewrite the history of music. I also want to say that he has a huge future ahead and should use discretion. Not for him to impose the market.[?]
What struck me, of course, is your criticism of my public, to whom I owe everything because they made me who I am. They helped me achieve the transformation from being a nobody to being James Hetfield from Metallica. You cannot classify them as depressed, melodramatic, and dark. By doing that, you are trying to say that our style of music influences them to feel hatred. In the end, you're completely disqualifying our [musical] style.
But I know you have not said that with the intention of starting a fight. I think those were not your words, but the words of the people who give you work.
In regards to your accident with the person who threw the bottle, I completely reject this behavior because it is a symbol of ignorance and total disrespect for the person who is on stage, giving everything to entertain the public and even give a bit of joy that illuminates their lives.
The letter is short because I saw the need to respond, but I have time to spend on better things, like spending it with my family.
I hope this war of words has been ended now. I send you warm greetings and welcome you to visit the band on our upcoming concerts. I hope nobody is offended by this, and if so, it was not my intention.
With Love. James"
Keep in mind, these may not be Hetfield's exact words. They were translated from Spanish.