Huntress vocalist Jill Janus takes exception
This week Metalholic began working on its “Best of 2014” year-end lists. As usual we have set aside certain lists specific to the women of hard rock and metal. For the first time we have opened this year’s lists up to voting, and Huntress vocalist, Jill Janus took to Facebook to express her rage about it:
“I’m pissed off. Always. But one thing that really cooks me is when lame-ass metal blogs create “awards” that pin female vocalists against each other. Like “Vote for the Hottest Female Metal Vocalist” to boost hits to their sites. When fans VOTE for this shit, it breeds drama and sets back MY mission to abolish mediocrity and shed the stigma of “female fronted metal band.” I will NEVER support this ugly male driven crap. Eat my clit. ?#?huntress ?#?fuckoff No ?#?clitboner here.”
Metalholic, and yours truly, have nothing but the utmost respect for musicians and women as a whole. As a man who watched his mother raising two boys while working full-time and going to school full-time to earn her Doctorate degree–I get it. She did it in an era when there was no online schooling and women had to work harder for less, and she never complained. So I understand. Yet, not being a woman, there is much I do not get which I fully acknowledge, but I support equality in all its forms.
Metalholic’s Top Women in Metal lists are NOT and have never been about how hot or sexy a woman is, but always and respectfully about the TALENT. They are also never ranked as we do NOT pit them against each other but seek to acknowledge their current successes and draw attention to them and their bands.
Ms. Janus is correct, these articles do drive readership, and more than half are female readers who support hard rock and metal acts, because it inspires them. They are avid fans and we at Metalholic are as well. Women in hard rock and metal has grown so much, but still not far enough, and we support that growth as well.
As owner and editor of Metalholic, I have nothing but respect for Jill Janus and Huntress, but I disagree with her assessment and sentiment in this matter. This “lame-ass metal blog” is a non-profit labor of love, and all those involved donate their time and talents to support all hard rock and metal, male or female driven. We are here to support and help promote, not denigrate or make money off of.