As you may recall, yesterday afternoon Don Giovanni Records owner Joe Steinhardt issued a challenge of sorts to Asian Man Records owner Mike Park and Recess Records owner Todd Congelliere, urging them to disassociate with “sexist, racist, and homophobic punk bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel.”
Steinhardt, who challenged the labels after Joe Queer made a Facebook post in support of Darren Wilson – the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown Jr. – and Ben Weasel defended Joe from those accusing him of being a racist, has now issued an apology to Mike Park and Todd Congelliere.
You can read his full apology below.
Although it seemed to generate a lot of discussion, I want to apologize for the challenge I issued earlier today to Recess Records and Asian Man Records regarding Screeching Weasel and The Queers. I remain personally appalled by Joe Queer’s defense of Darren Wilson, his use of the term Obongo regarding the president, and things that happened when Screeching Weasel played at SXSW. At the same time, I recognize that a better way to go about this would be more thoughtful discussion directly with the people involved. It is unfortunate that what I wrote ended up in hate-filled arguments and people talking about boycotting Recess. I have nothing but good will toward Mike and Todd. Ill will toward them and their labels was far from my intent in starting a discussion, and I take full responsibility for any harm it caused them today. I hope the parties affected can forgive me and understand my intent was not to harm them. As for Screeching Weasel and The Queers, I also recognize that there are members of these bands who are not Joe or Ben and I should have been more clear in my comment regarding those members. As for the bands themselves, I will have trouble supporting them in any way as long as their frontmen continue to say the things they say online. However, I realize that what I wrote may have come off as call to blind hatred or boycott toward them without considering their own intentions in their comments and actions, for which I am also sorry.
Joe Steinhardt / Don Giovanni Records
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