Keep your nickel

no-nickelbackA self-described hater of Nickelback has started an online crowdfunding campaign to stop the world’s most hated band from ever performing in his hometown of London again.

The campaign has made it way around the internet over the last week, gathering praise from music fans the world over. A few of them have even pledged. Nearly $300 from 58 backers.

“With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here – nor even phone here,” reads the crowdfunding page’s description. “Just imagine, thousands – perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers – all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London. It will be glorious. Legendary. Dare we say, game changing?”

The campaign is likely a tongue-in-cheek way to grab attention by coming up with a new way to hate them, although if organizer Craig Mandell is somehow successful and Nickelback pledges to never again play in London, I’m sure he’ll be a happy camper.

The campaign is essentially taking pride in taking away individual freedom to enjoy the music you choose to like.

It’s selfish and petty.

Replace Nickelback with rock gods Foo Fighters and replace the reason of “because I think they suck” by a music snob with “because they encourage devil worshipping” by a church group and suddenly one has a thousand signatures to refuse Dave Grohl from ever gracing your city.

Should such a thing ever successfully happen in that scenario, outrage would ensue as fans of the band would demand freedom to enjoy the music they love by the musicians they want, hater be damned. Afterall, having the Foo Fighters play a sold-out venue in your city would have little to no effect on those who wouldn’t pay a dime to attend anyway.

Simple solution for those who hate Nickelback: don’t attend their shows.

It worked for me. They’ve played Halifax at least twice in the last ten years and I haven’t gone a single time, yet those who do actually like them, for whatever reason they wanted, were given an option to enjoy them.

Who am I to prevent them from enjoying the music they like?

Halifax fans of Celine Dion, however, weren’t extended the same courtesy as a planned concert nearly ten years ago was met with an outcry of criticism from those who wouldn’t have gone to see her sing live anyway. Nothing changed for them except they got the satisfaction of knowing Celine’s camp gave in to them and cancelled the show. For those who would have wanted to see her perform, they lost their chance by no choice of their own.

Thanks a lot, music snobs.

So Chad, and the rest of Nickelback, come back to my city if you think you could play to a sold out venue. I will likely stay away, mind you, and I don’t think I know anyone who would pay to go but if there are enough people for you to justify performing here, who am I to stop them from going to a concert they’d want to go see?

Music is an individual choice. If the music you listen to and enjoy makes you happy, regardless of how universally loved, hated, acclaimed or trashed it is, continue to enjoy it. Campaigns like this only go to limit choices based on the opinions of a select few who feel they can dictate what others should be allowed to do. Shouldn’t we be moving away from this type of oppression?

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