Among the several musicians who take issue with cancel culture, one prominent voice has been that of Behemoth frontman Nergal. Throughout several prior interviews, Nergal has been vocal about how much he is against cancel culture (and has spoken about other issues he has with social media).
Per a recent conversation with ARTE Concert, Nergal speaks to how he feels cancel culture makes it difficult to navigate society. He speaks to how people have to be careful of what they say and even goes as far as to share that if certain big artists/bands from the past were performing today, they would be “arrested.” Below you will find everything that Nergal had to say regarding navigating cancel culture in today’s world (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“On many occasions these days, I’m just confused; I just can’t catch up. I’m now new generation, and I’m confused. And trust me, if I was a kid, I would hate to be in a situation to, let’s say, start a band these days. Knowing what I’ve been through and knowing what it takes to maintain these days, to come out, to stand out, I don’t think I would ever sign up for forming a new anonymous band these days. No fucking way. These days you can’t even fucking show attitude because they’re gonna fucking ban you right away. Start swearing, start making political opinions, start saying what you really like, what you dislike, and immediately they’re gonna fucking cancel you.
“I’m just gonna ask that question, and you’re gonna answer yourself, all of you out there. Imagine that in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the classics started — I’m talking Elvis Presley, fucking Janis Joplin, THE WHO, Miles Davis, THE DOORS, THE BEATLES — imagine there were smartphones. Banned. No career. No career. Fucking banned. Arrested — for everything. None of them survives a week.
“So it almost feels like it’s not really the music that is important anymore; it’s the format. It’s the content. How am I supposed to expect a random kid to process an eight-minute-long video with attention when all they get used to is fucking scrolling 15 seconds on TikTok or Instagram. The scroll is just 15 seconds, 15 seconds, 15 seconds — that’s the new standards that we are accommodating to.
“I know I do sound very accusive, but I know what I’m talking about, because I get those symptoms as well. I click on something and immediately I just [click away], or I’m bored, bored, bored… It’s narcotic. It’s a drug.
“I’m really talking from a hammer-and-the-anvil prospect that I’m in. I’m aware of that, but then, at the same time, I’m a victim of that. I like to say that I’m an analog man in a digital world. And I still didn’t figure out how to do it in a healthy way, unfortunately.”