Watch: Butcher Babies Singer Defends Use Of ‘Nipple Tape’ In NSFW Music Video Featuring Korn Cover

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Butcher Babies singer Heidi Shepherd recently took part in a NSFW music video that involves her covering the classic Korn song “Freak on a Leash.”

The Butcher Babies singer teamed up with the rock group Gina And The Eastern Block and “provocative rock ‘n roll dance troupe” Little Miss Nasty to cover the Korn song “Freak on a Leash.”

This version of the Korn song blends nu metal stylization with a greater use of electronics. You can check out the NSFW music video of Butcher Babies singer Heidi Shepherd covering the Korn song “Freak on a Leash” below.

The Butcher Babies singer took to her Instagram to not only share this video, but also to write about her experience in creating it. Specifically, she spoke to using “nipple tape” for the music video and the kinds of sexism that takes place in the heavy music world. You can read the entire caption Shepherd wrote below:

“Let’s talk.. Over the past 14 years of my career, Ive grown into a woman in front of the whole world.
Over those 14 years, Ive also seen the industry change. In metal, we’ve been told that its ‘not metal’ to embrace your feminine qualities but, Ive also seen the same women called ugly & gross when we dont.

We’ve seen ‘them’ say that we women should tone down the bold but, then say that we need to be extra bold to play w the boys. THEY tell us (we all are) to be unique, then immediately pin us against & compare us to each other. We’ve seen them say that, ‘people dont want to see women scream, we should sing & be pretty’, then say that ‘we’re all clones’ after THEY are the ones that shoved us in that corner to begin w.

Ive felt the whiplash over the past decade of ‘do this’.. Actually, ‘do that’. And I have to be honest, I lost myself in all of that. Ive always been a girl to push boundaries and give🖕to the box that people have tried to put me in.

As time has gone on, I feel like I steered away from the things that made me unique. Ive realized, that subsequently ended up in some pretty, little box with a bow that would make others feel comfortable.

When approached to dive back into 🙀 tape for this music video, I admit, I was apprehensive cause ‘OMG what would THEY think?’ Then @henryflury reminded me of how hard Ive worked. He reminded me that I came into this industry as a BAMF & I still am. He reminded me that I’m here to FUCKSHITUP!

He reminded me that the female body is a goddamn piece of art & I should feel comfortable in the body that Ive worked so hard for. From surviving gastroschisis, to overcoming a debilitating eating disorder, to breaking my back, to NOW crushing the gym; I should feel grateful & proud of the body I have. We all should!

I deserve to embrace my feminine qualities in any form I want, whether its nipple tape or turtlenecks.
Cause we all have those moments of feeling like a badass, sexy woman, then also where we wanna rock our sweats and a baggy-ass tshirt. We should be empowered by both!
So thank you @ginaandtheeasternblock for the reminder & the opportunity to rewind & reflect! So stoked about the video. THIS BITCH IS BACK! -SMD”

What do you think of this cover of Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” and that of Shepherd’s statement?

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Words by: Michael Pementel