Thoughts On Muslim Punk
There’s a write-up in the middle class London lifestyle magazine The Guardian on the newish Muslim punk movie The Taqwacores. It was the main feature on the website last night before being bumped for the, ahem, market correction.
A few thoughts:
Muslim punk gets far more press than its, ahem, volume of trade actually warrants. There have been no more than a half dozen Muslim punk bands in the USA and Canada (and that includes the one-man comedy routine that is/was Vote Hezbollah). It’s simply the wackiness of the very notion of Muslim punk in the minds of most people that explains the press it gets (here, here, here, here, here, etc.). When most people think of “punk” they think of pimpley white bois who died out in the 1970s. When they think of Muslims they think of dour fundamentalists behind the wheel of a taxi in East Ham (or worse, a plane).
There are hundreds of active Evangelical Christian punk and metal bands throughout the Americas, but they would do that, wouldn’t they?
The backlash has been pretty strong in the punk community to what’s seen as either undeserved or inherently illegitimate mainstream media attention. I mean, there are about as many self-identified Muslim punk bands as there are “rape metal” bands, but no one’s making a rape metal movie now are they?
I hope not, anyway.
And of course the way the media treat is (at best) as a way for angry young brown people to express their feelings, and (at worst) as proof of the inherent decency of USAmerican liberalism: look at the way we let angry young brown people express their feelings.
Anyway. Whatever. These wacky Italian Stalinists beat you to it: