Viet Cong, a band yours truly featured around here not too long ago, has had an Oberlin show cancelled, due to their allegedly-offensive name.
(Me, I think it’s one of the few bandnames that I’ve heard recently that WEREN’T completely godawful).
The venue promoter uses “problematic” and “appropriation” at least twice apiece in an open letter explaining the reason for the cancellation (follow the links in the P4k story to read it).
When you are following in the footsteps of Joy Division, I’m not sure how a name like “Viet Cong” can be any more “offensive”; historically-speaking, it’s my sense that in the popular imagination there’s more moral ambiguity inhered in the Viet Cong.
And Viet Cong isn’t a slur, so I don’t see this as like, say, “Redskins”.
(And what do we make of Siouxsie Sioux, appropriating Native American tribe names like that?)
(And shouldn’t the promoter of a venue called the “Dionysus Disco” show more respect to the Greeks?)
I didn’t mark this one MD, so go nuts in comments.