Queer belly yanked from record label

0 Posted by - December 1, 2008 - Blog, Sound

According to The F Word, transgressional performer Amanada Palmer‘s newest music video (above) has been dropped by record label Roadrunner, apparently because her belly is too big. The metal label, which has its share of large hairy bellies in the form of its majority male performers, reportedly wanted shots of her “large” belly edited out of the video. There’s no readily available comment from the company, but this seems so outrageous that I have a hard time believing this was the reason for the label to shy away from Palmer. What seems more plausible, is Roadrunner, who carries such esteemed macho male acts as Slipknot and Cradle of Filth, is probably getting the queer itch. That is to say, the Palmer video is so fabulously queer – a transgression of gender and sexuality – a cock rock outfit might be worried about their image. In the video Palmer croons to a room full of costumed women who are soon invaded by beer-guzzling, raving, footballers. What ensues is kissing, fighting, and general mayhem. It’s a great video, perhaps too great for the old boys at Roadrunner. From The F Word:

Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame) has been forced to search for a new record label after Roadrunner refused to promote her latest single, video and album. Why? Because she refused to let them remove shots of her “fat” belly from the video for Leeds United, and is therefore “uncommercial”. This comes from a metal label where, I have it on good authority, “you can count the number of women on the fingers of one hand and most of the people on the label are decidedly chunky hairy dudes”. Amanda’s fans are quiet rightly outraged by this shoddy, sexist behaviour and have begun a Rebellyon, posting pictures of their own bellies on fan forum Shadowbox and sending them to Roadrunner in protest.

Next up: The Roadrunner Label Workout Tapes, finally released!

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