Add the following to the “list of things I never thought I’d type”: Poor old Nickelback. They’ve been having a hard time lately. No seriously, I mean it. From being voted the biggest musical turn-off to people protesting their gigs out of sheer hate for them, to being called the death of Rock music by a respected artist, they’ve been going through some real tough times. Sure, they showed some class in their response to Patrick Carney, but didn’t really… stand up for themselves
Well, it seems the abuse/shrug cycle is continuing as violent, wild-eyed Tweeters suddenly descended upon the bands Twitter page. The band recently received the following (I’ll admit, moderately funny) tweet: “Was driving down the street, and a @Nickelback song came on. I had an aneurism and violently shit myself at the same time. And my dog died”. Okay, so not the most eloquent or thought-out of put-downs, but it must still sting. The band responded by tweeting “I bet it was the best day you’ve had in awhile. #yourwelcome”. Which… doesn’t really make sense, and again, isn’t really any sort of defence, either.
Another tweet said: “Nickelback came on the radio… Worse than Rebecca Black #earsbleeding”, and the band swiftly responded with, “Then it’s working?!?!? Sweet!”
The best response was perhaps to the simple tweet “retire”, to which the band responded “you’re trying too hard. Get it together and make it count”. Okay, that’s more like it, but still not really necessary. The worst responses were the few feeble attempts to strike back, akin to an old walrus attempting to swat at a bug and falling into the ocean. Case in point, to the tweet “My stereo turned itself back on again, to nickelback AGAIN. DOES IT KNOW I FUCKING HATE THEM WITH A FIREY BURING PASSION?”, the band responded: “that makes your stereo excellent. Enjoy the flames” (at least take advantage of “buring”). Or how about “If you like nickelback you’re probably a douche bag” being responded with “just probably? That means there is doubt. That means you love”. Or, even the simple, to the point “I blame Nickelback”, to which the band replied, “we blame you. Not sure for what, but it was definitely you”.
I have to admit, it’s nice that they’re not resorting to name-calling or attacks in their responses, but on the other hand why even respond at all? It becomes quite upsetting when you peruse the band’s twitter and notice that most of their tweets are generally good-natured, sweet even, taking the time to say hello to fans. The impression you get from this is Nickelback is the big, unpopular kid at school that all the other kids crowd around and start pushing on the playground, but he doesn’t really understand what’s going on or how to respond.