Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 22, 2011 12:50:59 GMT -8
Here's the thing. Does anyone remember when R.E.M.'s Reveal was released back in 2001? Michael Stipe held a press conference on the day that Reveal was released for the sole porpoise of coming out as gay. It was utterly tacky and lame. As if anyone cared -- or didn't already know for that matter. But to use your sexuality as a marketing ploy to sell copies of a record? Especially a record as shitty as Reveal?
It took nearly a decade for me to start taking the guy seriously again. Accelerate didn't even do it all the way, I had already started mourning R.E.M. until Collapse Into Now was released. I'd hate to think there are more tasteless publicity stunts like that one up his sleeve.