Reader Reactions to Nickelback's Place in Ferguson Affairs: An Educational Dialogue

Nov 21, 2014 at 3:08 am
Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is making that face because he's thinking really hard about Ferguson. - Screenshot from the video shown below.
Screenshot from the video shown below.
Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is making that face because he's thinking really hard about Ferguson.

When browsing Teh Interwebz, it's important to adhere to the golden rule: DON'T READ THE COMMENTS. For real, people (including some of you and some of us) just go batshit insane when it comes to spouting their opinions regarding guns, UGG boots, burritos, kitten mittens, rain on a Monday, potholes, Gremlins 2: The New Batch or anything, ever. Trying to parse the logic behind the rhetoric simply rots the brain, so we do not recommend it.

We'll make an exception, though, when it comes to reading comments on stories about Nickelback. While we're still scratching our heads over why Chad Kroeger and friends felt compelled to weigh in on Ferguson issues, we're nonetheless grateful for the band's convictions. Otherwise, we might not have your insightful thoughts about music's place in activism and world affairs.

See also: Nickelback Writes Song Inspired By Ferguson Unrest, Finally

Do you mean, "Is a world in which Nickelback draws strength from discussions about race, sociology and police brutality real life?" In that case, yes, it is, friend. But take heart! Our readers (particularly our Twitter followers) have listened to Nickelback's new Ferguson-inspired song "Edge of a Revolution," taking great pains to dissect the tune's meaning while pondering how it might affect the situation that faces St. Louis -- and many cities worldwide -- in present times.

OK! Do it, Rockapella! First, let's address that pesky question of if what you read this week was actually true:

Yes, readers: It's real, and it's spectacular. Have a listen:

Actually, we're not sure how spectacular it really is, considering that while we watched, we had the same expression on our faces as the kids in the video did. But maybe you fared better?

See? It's a "must listen"! Those quotation marks probably don't mean anything.

Oh. But...

Machinery can make beautiful noises sometimes...

But maybe this Nickelback song isn't that bad?

OK, OK, we get it. Still, wouldn't you like to know Kroeger's thought process while penning the lyrics?

That puts things into perspective, certainly. Even if you hate the song, though, doesn't it inspire you to stand with your fellow humans on the front lines of social justice? Or something?

Oh, good point. We're hoping for peace ourselves. But sometimes celebrity commentary brings attention to important issues, right?

Something tells us that those folks are being sarcastic, maybe.

Sigh. Yeah. OK. But how did Nickelback's newfound activism start, anyway?

Kroeger really shouldn't give interviews.

So we've learned. Still, some people seem to love "Edge of a Revolution."

While most people are like...

OK, Canada, we're officially holding you responsible now.

How the hell did we wind up like this?


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