Gloves Come Off: The Gentlemen Of Leisure Offer A Scathing Cultural Critique

Say hello to the gentlemen. The dapper collective of eclectic musicians crafted and released the first “stage” of their debut “Great and Powerful” in March and performed  at SXSW. The group always keeps it classy but even they get tired of the nonsense that permeates post millennial culture. Check out the Gentlemen’s Top Five Things they’d never want to hear again. 

Age-Ism

We're sick of hearing that if you’re past a certain age you should give up on your dreams and settle for what you can get. Everyone in the band is in their 30’s, if not our mid-to-late 30’s, we’re clearly about proving that supposition all kinds of wrong.

What's Realistic 

To that point, I‘m tired of being told that my dreams are impractical. (I don’t hear this as much as I did when I was younger but it still rubs me the wrong way.) I don’t need them to be practical. They are what I want and what I intend to do, one way or the other. This is a situation where the person can either support and encourage my dreams, or step back and let me hustle for myself.

Dumb Phrases

YOLO - stop being lazy and say the damned phrase. (Say it with me now: “You Only Live Once” See? Was that hard? Who started that whole thing anyway? Who’s man is that?? ) It was novel for the first week people said it, now it’s just annoying. I was taught to speak in complete thoughts, not abbreviations. 

The N-Word

I feel like this should be self explanatory. I don’t like when anyone says it. I don’t care who you are, ethnicity, gender, whatever. Doesn’t matter. I get the whole thing about taking words used to oppress and empowering them, but when you do that, I feel as if you also empower the oppressor to continue using them. I get that people won’t stop saying it in either context and it will forever make me cringe internally whenever it’s used.

Macho Culture

Being told that men being emotionally available, sensitive, or emotionally expressive in any way is weak, or soft, or gay, especially when it comes to Black men and the stigma that we’re not supposed to show emotion. (I also hate that the word Gay gets used so much in the negative, but that’s one more than you asked for so we won’t get into that). Let me feel how I want to feel and love who I want to love. If it doesn’t directly affect you (and 9 chances out of 10, it doesn’t) then it’s not your business to begin with, so move along and live your life because you don’t need to try to live mine. Let me feel sad, or needy, or amorous, or depressed (and trust me, the depression thing is a whole other conversation) if that’s what’s inside me to feel.

Stream a preview of GOL's "Great and Powerful" project below which officially arrives in August

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