Study aims to find out why people hate Nickelback so much

by

comment
nickelbackjpg.png
Remember a few years ago when everyone in Detroit said "OH FUCK NO" when they heard Nickelback had been selected to play the halftime show at the Lions Thanksgiving game? 

Yeah, well according to a new study, there's something to all the unfettered rage that's become synonymous with the Canadian butt rock group. [Sidenote: need to know what butt rock is? Here ya go.]



Finnish grad student Salli Anttonen published a paper titled, "'Hypocritical bullshit performed through gritted teeth': Authenticity discourses in Nickelback's album reviews in Finnish media", whiiiich is fancyspeak for 'music journalists hate Nickelback because they're soo unoriginal.'

Anttonen's paper aims to answer the question of but why?   



She told Buzzfeed Canada she was most fascinated by how the contempt, especially from the media, increased as the band gained popularity. β€œIt became a phenomenon where the journalists were using the same [reasons] to bash them, and almost making an art out of ridiculing them,” she said.

Ok, guilty

critic.gif

And ultimately, she concluded that music critics fancy themselves the guardians of taste and authenticity, and hating on Nickelback gives them the chance to show off their musical prowess by dismissing the band's work as complete shit. 

Shots fired
  • Shots fired

And while that's not untrue, one thing Anttonen alluded to but didn't necessarily conclude is that making fun of Nickelback is just so damn fun. 

C'mon, some of the disses she lists in her study included someone calling the band the "fucking H&M's Black Label Society" and another doozy which referred to lead singer Chad Kroeger as "ramen-Jesus."

Ramen Jesus
  • Ramen Jesus

And if we didn't have Chad and the gang to unite us all in our shared, potentially-displaced fury, who would? 

(PHOTO VIA FLICKR)
  • (Photo via Flickr)
Or hey, maybe we should all just leave the boys from Alberta alone because if we're all honest with ourselves, we each know we've sung along to "Photograph" at least once. 

joeyshead.jpg


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.