Target: Scott Munro, Matt Flegel, Mike Wallace and Daniel Christiansen
Goal: Change the racist name of punk band.
A post-punk band from Calgary has come under controversy over their name, Viet Cong. Many Vietnamese fans have objected to their name because it highlights a negative period in their history. The band consists of four white men, two of whom had previously played in a band called “Women.” The band formed in 2012 and released their debut album last year, which kickstarted the controversy around their name.
The band had a show at Oberlin College cancelled because a Vietnamese student group protested their name. A few months ago, the band wrote on their Facebook page that they had listened to complaints and were going to change their name, adding that even before the complaints they were going to change it. However, they still have not done so, and fans are beginning to think it was a stunt.
Another band with a controversial name, Andrew Jackson Jihad, announced they would be changing their name. In an era where people have the platforms to show their displeasure over something offensive, bands have to reason whether or not they want to be controversial. So far, this band has chosen the wrong route. Write to them to let them know they need to change their name.
Dear Mr. Munro, Mr. Flegel, Mr. Wallace and Mr. Christiansen,
We are writing to demand that you finally change the name of your band from Viet Cong to something less offensive. Many fans have already expressed their concern over the name and its negative implications for any Vietnamese fans. Your show at Oberlin College was cancelled because of protests over the name. As four white men from Canada, it is very disrespectful to take on a name like Viet Cong and try to make it your own.
In September, your band announced you would be changing your name, and myself and other fans rejoiced. But that still has yet to happen, and many people are wondering if it was all some kind of disrespectful publicity stunt or prank. With Andrew Jackson Jihad listening to fans and changing their name, people are turning to your band to see if and when you choose a new title. It is time to finally change your name, before you lose all of the respect of your fanbase.
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