Sometimes, through no fault of their own, artists get wrapped up in controversies over things that don’t actually involve them at all. When that happens, it’s regrettable, of course. But the artists shouldn’t threaten legal action against anyone who points out their involvement in those controversies. They should just make clear, public statements decrying offensive parties and making their positions clear. And so Father John Misty — using the same language that Taylor Swift might potentially use if she ever wanted to, oh, let’s say, hypothetically denounce white supremacists — has shared a Facebook statement distancing himself from some of the most misguided and destructive people in our society today. FJM would like you to know that he has no connection with music bloggers. And while Misty has since deleted the statement, here’s the text of what he wrote:
Unnecessary as this may be, it’s come to my attention that my music has been adopted by a certain online faction that has seen fit to interpret and present it via its own ideological prejudices. Though I am in no way affiliated with this group and have made numerous attempts to distance myself from its rhetoric and agenda I still feel the need to roundly denounce it, so with the help of my legal team and much prayer, here goes: music blogging is and always has been entirely unacceptable in a civic society — as is anyone who claims to be a music blogger or associates with music blogging. Music blogging’s very foundation is inequality — pathologically bent on sustaining the supremacy of one class of music over another based solely on its immutable traits. It is unwelcome here. Thank you all very much.
And here’s a screengrab of FJM’s statement:
The ultimate Taylor Swift trolling pic.twitter.com/JtyLd4cYdM
— ilana kaplan (@lanikaps) November 7, 2017
Of course, those in the music blogging community will look at the way the Mist posted his statment and then deleted it as some sort of dog whistle indicating his true allegiances.