This Week in Comments: Exclaim!'s Reader Feedback Roundup with NOFX, 'West of Memphis' and Swans

BY Jade DolanPublished Sep 12, 2012

It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for Exclaim!'s weekly Reader Feedback Roundup. If you're looking to get caught up on the stories on that had people talking over the past few days, then you came to the right place.

First off, there was a great deal of controversy this past week surrounding the American punk rock band NOFX entering Canada to perform at Toronto's recent Riot Fest. A publication called The Canadian Immigration Report requested that NOFX's appearance be cancelled because the group's 20-year-old song "Kill All the White Man" is apparently "calling for White Genocide."

Exclaim! readers expressed a great deal of anger towards the CIR, and were quick to defend NOFX. Commenter BM pointed out that he "was expecting something a little more inflammatory than a twenty year old song, guess the CIR have been watching NOFX for a long time and decided now was the time to act on this subversive threat to the white race."

Meanwhile, Another reader, NMBF, stated, "Isn't it interesting how these C.I.R clowns are attacking all of the LEFT-leaning entertainers. I wonder who's behind that mess of an organization?" After examining the CIR's website, bman advocated, "That CIR group is just a bunch of white supremacists. Someone needs to shut them down. Please ignore them and send complaints to any one who will listen. It's save to say that Exclaim! readers are not happy with CIR's allegations. "

Also taking place this past week, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off. Among the many of premieres was West of Memphis, a documentary that examines a case involving the failure of the justice system in West Memphis.

Commenter Margaret Spindle told viewers that they should "Read alternative sources about the case. Don't believe the one sided movies." Another commenter, Daniel, who has seen the documentary urged Margeret to "refrain from labelling [the documentary] a 'one sided' film until you have [seen it]. The evidence provided in the documentary is extremely compelling and speaks for itself."

Despite the conflicting views on the accuracy of the documentary, it is still proving to be a must-see at TIFF this year. In addition, commenter David suggested, "For further evidence that the police can really fuck up a case and can finagle a confession out of a kid, go see 'The Central Park Five' at TIFF. 'Nuff said."

In other news, the reunited post-punk unit Swans had a show in Vancouver last week, with fans of the band having mixed feelings about their performance. Commenter Mark Svensson felt that the performance was "Epic but not transcendent. The Swans are a singularity but Michael Gira kills some of the joy by killing the joy. Instead of always being the toughest guy on the block every so often I'd like to see the band cry some genuine tears."

One commenter, Frontrow, also pointed out, "no mention of the bass wave? A perpetual, deep, DEEEEEEEP vari-speeded pulsating that accompanied the entire set, bar the last song. I'm talking teeth-chattering, bowel-threatening bass that had one considering the structural integrity of the venue…."

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