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CRO-MAGS Frontman Defends HENRY ROLLINS' New Calvin Klein Billboard

Posted by on October 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm Follow on Twitter | Follow on Instagram

The news of Henry Rollins being a Calvin Klein model surfaced back in July. It seems as though a billboard of Rollins' ad just went up in New York City's lower east side, formerly a punk mecca and now a gentrified strip mall of high end clothing stores.

Naturally, this has led to some negative criticism of Rollins on social media, so much so that Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph felt the need to stand up for his fellow punk, telling everybody to calm the fuck down. Speaking on his Facebook page, Joseph said:

I've known this dude for 36+ years. Since the early D.C./ S.O.A. days. He's done mad sh*t for punk/hardcore and still does. Any of you dudes hating and popping shit would do this in a second (in a f*cking thong) if you got offered the dough from Calvin Klein. And he's giving props here to Black Flag and the Misfits.

Honestly, I do not see what Rollins did as selling out, and clearly Rollins doesn't see that as well. In fact, he went on a whole rant about how the term "selling out" is misunderstood on his old IFC show, saying:

“I wonder if it ever occurred to people that the reason the music of these interesting and alternative bands is being recruited [for advertisements] is because their fans are now the ones calling the shots. In other words, we have arrived. Of course the ad is trying to sell you something, and to gain your confidence by exploiting the band’s integrity for a commercial end. So what? You’re not a fucking moron, are you? You see through that, don’t you? What would you rather hear? Iggy and the Teddy Bears doing ‘I’m a Punk Rocker’ in a car ad, or enduring some generic background music? Do you have any idea what some of these bands went through to make that music? The fact that there might be some money for them all these years later is great. You think that paycheck is in anyway a slight to their integrity? Are you fucking kidding me? Pay them. Pay them double. Pay them now. It’s about fucking time.”

So everybody needs to just calm down.

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  • CrackTheSkye1990

    Agreed. Musicians only sell out when they make music they're told to make, not what they want to make.

    If you're offered a lot of money to do something and it's not unethical, you'll do it. Anyone who says differently is fucking lying.

    • NGE

      Bullshit. Musicians can sell out in other ways. In this case Hank is selling his image as the brooding vocalist of Black Flag and Rollins Band, spoken word man, and countercultural icon. He transcends just music and you know it so just stop with trying to pigeonhole him as a "musician" (which he hasn't been for many years.)

      You think posing for a Calvin Klein billboard ad is ethical huh? They make their clothes with slave labor or if not that then labor who don't have working conditions nearly as safe and humane as Americans have.

  • Riot Grrrl

    I'm embarrassed that this ridiculous is news and that I love reading it

  • Joe

    I feel less guilty as a metal head buying a Calvin Klein leather jacket. Thank you mr. Rollins

  • Disgust

    I think this girl on the new York hardcore chronicles page said it better than John Joseph or even Rollins could have. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e5198d713ac038967cb0570c29d1655cc78ad2aeac658bb40b38b07910d99be9.png

  • NGE

    Rollins is a sellout because he sells his art for a buck regardless of who's offering thus cheapens it. He's a money whore and has been one ever since The End Of Silence came out almost 25 years ago, so it doesn't surprise, shock, or anger me at all in 2016. It didn't then either. Back then (1991-92) he was all about wanting nothing to do with Black Flag or hardcore punk to the point he didn't even want to talk about either. That was where he REALLY sold out. He showed no love to hardcore punk when Rollins Band got signed, on MTV, and put on Lollapalooza, so fuck him.

  • Keith

    Working down here in Soho now, just snapped a photo of it to send to my buddy in Redondo. First thing i thought of was that i guess i am the target demo for Calvin Klein. Like the bars and skeleton. Keith Morris rules!!!!