Reason number 1,000 to love Alex Webster? In addition to being a shredder on the bass and writing brilliantly twisted lyrics, Webster also refuses to make crappy, gatekeepy, or sexist comments about Kourtney Kardashian wearing a Cannibal Corpse shirt in public.
The less mature death metal fans among us may call her a poser, but the seasoned fan would remember that this isn’t the first time Cannibal Corpse has been thrust into the public eye. In the ’90’s, they had a cameo in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Recently, on The Rockman Power Hour, Webster discussed both instances, not to bash these brushes with pop culture, but to express gratitude.
“We’re lucky to be in that position. I remember I’d see these classic shirts. You’ll see a Motörhead shirt or Ramones shirt or Slayer logo shirt, Iron Maiden shirt, AC/DC shirt… Those kinds of things you’ll see in pop culture, not just in the music scene.
“For us to start dipping into that a little bit—That was something I always kind of hoped would happen. I think anyone in a band [would want to] have that kind of growth in your career. To be able to really just be no one universally, in a way. It’s something you can kind of hope for, but you can’t really plan on it happening.
“So I think just by us having been around for a long time, it’s sort of gotten there over the years. Every now and then, there’ll be this weird pop culture kind of reference to us that you wouldn’t expect. And it can be it can be with merch or something like that. And to be fair, we’ve just been lucky in that way.”
However, not all metal fans share this enlightened take. Famously, Gary Holt of Exodus made headlines for wearing a “Kill the Kardashians” shirt. Back in 2017, he told RockSverige that the shirt was made by a friend because of the guitarist’s deep disdain for the family, whose members have been seen rocking metal shirts in public.
“It was made by a friend of mine, Jack. [It was] put together just because he knows my deep, bitter, black hatred of them. It’s like … I don’t begrudge them for their money, I just fucking hate people that are becoming superstars for doing nothing. Kim Kardashian was a closet organizer, and then she did a sex tape and became famous for it, and now they stick their name on products, and I hate their guts. So my friend Jack actually made the shirt for me first, and then we decided to start our own little merch company, No Love Apparel, and sold them, and it became like a huge, viral thing.”
Whether you agree with Webster or Holt, there’s no denying that the celeb band shirt wearing fad helps spread awareness of underground bands.
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