The topic of “cancel culture” is a hotbed for debate within the metal community; while some don’t believe it’s something to be all that concerned about, there are those who start foaming at the mouth if you dare mention the phrase.
During a recent conversation with the Metal Pilgrim, one thing led to another, and Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee ended up talking about today’s social climate pertaining to “political correctness” and how he’s “glad” Lemmy doesn’t have to deal with it. After he made that point though, he was then asked if he thinks whether or not Lemmy would be canceled if he was alive today.
So, how did all this come up? Well, at one point during this interview, Dee was asked to share a “crazy” story pertaining to the band, and in reply, he shared the following (the following quotes were transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“That’s the hardest question you can ask me, because like Lemmy [late Motörhead frontman Ian Kilmister] used to say, ‘We are ‘Spinal Tap’ with no script.’ Because there was shit happening — funny stuff — every single day. But I can’t just take one [incident]; it’s too hard because we had so much fun together, and there was so much craziness happening that today sometimes if I’m lying in bed thinking back on certain tours or whatever, I go, ‘I can’t believe that happened.’
“Today it’s almost impossible to think because the world has changed so much with acceptance of everything. One thing I’m glad Lemmy [doesn’t] have to experience is this fucking political correctness that I can’t stand.”
After expressing these feelings, Dee was then asked if he thinks Lemmy would be canceled if he was alive today. In response to this question, the drummer replies by saying:
“We would be so off the scale. I mean, to play a joke on someone and then to take a joke from someone, that is life; that’s the way it should be. But today you can’t say anything, really, before people freak out over absolutely nothing. And no sense of humor at all.
“So, I’m glad Lemmy doesn’t have to experience this because he would be going fucking crazy. ‘Cause he was a jokester, and with Motörhead we played jokes on each other all the time, and with other people. And we were good sports, and we could take any kind of joke back. So that’s how we were.
“That’s why a lot of craziness happened in a very funny way. But thinking about some of this shit, I go, ‘Oh my God. If we would do this now, we would be in jail. We would be off this planet. They’d put us on the moon, for sure.'”
What do you make of Dee’s points? Do you agree with him? Below you will find links to other Lemmy-related stories.