??!! Seattle “Blipster” Speaks Out: “Not a Big Deal”
posted by January 29 at 12:58 PMon
The dubious New York Times Style piece on “blipsters” begins with a quote from Seattle musician Douglas Martin, and now Martin responds to the NYT story:
so, i’m actually working on a piece on my band’s website about the whole article [apparently, if you found me, you know i was interviewed in it], but i’m willing to give you my take on it:
i genuinely feel that there was no harm intended for the term “blipster.” it’s just a label, and i think that just because it’s race-related [the only topic in america that is still taboo], everyone wants to get up in arms about it. do aging hipsters get offended when they’re referred to as “indie yuppies” or “yupsters”?
i’m black and i like indie-rock, that’s not a big deal. i don’t feel like i’m changing the world or “fighting the good fight” or anything. i’m a black folk-singer who is actually listening to the decemberists as i type this. it’s just who i am.
here is my band’s website. my post should be up within the next twenty minutes.