Friday, October 15, 2010

Oh Revolver... you've done it again!

You may have seen the cover of Revolver's latest (and newly named), "The Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock" issue floating around the Internet (apparently there aren't enough "hot chicks" in metal to keep it going).

If not, the magazine features model-turned-hard-rock frontgirl (she's only 17), Taylor Momsen in a steamy Zombie-fightin'-burlesque style outfit.

Tons of blogs have already offered commentary on this cover, and I have to agree, Revolver has hit a new low (even if this girl chooses to dress like a stripper and her parents don't care). Sure, Momsen has a right to do what she wants, but at what point did Revolver decide it needed to flaunt a minor on its magazine to sell copies? Couldn't they at least have picked an of-age-spokeswoman?

I wrote an article about the topic last year for The Daily Iowan, which you can check out here. Also, just to get both sides of the issue, I even talked to Alexia Rodriguez (of Eyes Set to Kill) on being featured in the magazine and she had this to say:

“The people at Revolver really support our music, and they did before they even knew me and Anissa,” Rodriguez said. “I mean if it were in Playboy, I’d have to say it would be a negative thing, but because it’s a well-known metal magazine, I think it’s a pretty good thing.”

The question that this leaves me with, is why would posing for Playboy be any less legitimate than what Revolver is doing? Playboy is known for featuring beautiful women on its cover and within its pages, whereas Revolver is a music magazine. When the articles focus more on a person's looks than the music itself, you have to wonder what the magazine's intentions really are.

Sure if a woman is playing awesome metal/rock music and just happens to be sexy that's awesome, but the music shouldn't be set to the side because of it.

1 comment:

Rob Liz said...

The Eyes Set to Kill girls are just kids themselves and are excused of their vapid and naive approach to this issue.