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Like heavy music? You might be in a hate group

Calgary police have been criticised for saying listening to "loud, heavy rock music" is an 'early warning sign' of membership of an extremist group

By IQ on 31 Aug 2017

Calgary police officers, Canada Day 2014, davebloggs007/Flickr

image © davebloggs007/Flickr

A Canadian music fan has criticised Calgary’s police service for apparently suggesting listening to “heavy rock music” could be a sign a young person is a member of a hate group.

In an information leaflet entitled Signs of a child being part of a hate group, the police force lists “playing loud, heavy rock music with violent lyrics” as an ‘early warning sign’, and police spokesman Corwin Odland says there “tends to be a correlation” between members of extremist groups and being “involved in that kind of music”.

The list has been rebuked by Calgary heavy metal fan Robert Riggs‎, who tells the Toronto Metro the idea of heavy metal fans as violent is an outdated stereotype. “My son, he listens to heavy metal, and he’s one of the nicest kids ever, but I tend to see him lumped into a group he doesn’t belong in,” he says.

“It’s kind of gone the way of [the idea that] video games cause violence and things like that. It’s not monkey see, monkey do. Kids see their parents go to work all time, and they don’t suddenly get up and find a job at seven years old.”

The list has since been updated to remove the word “rock” from the description, although the reference to “heavy music” remains.

 


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8 responses to “Like heavy music? You might be in a hate group”

  1. Aegis says:

    But video games DO cause violence! I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog, and had my life ruined by my conviction for bodyslamming a CRT monitor and hounding an obese man across half a continent.

  2. Aegis says:

    But video games DO cause violence! I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog, and had my life ruined by my conviction for bodyslamming a CRT monitor and hounding an obese man across half a continent.

  3. Aegis says:

    But video games DO cause violence! I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog, and had my life ruined by my conviction for bodyslamming a CRT monitor and hounding an obese man across half a continent.

  4. Aegis says:

    But video games DO cause violence! I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog, and had my life ruined by my conviction for bodyslamming a CRT monitor and hounding an obese man across half a continent.

  5. Aegis says:

    But video games DO cause violence! I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog, and had my life ruined by my conviction for bodyslamming a CRT monitor and hounding an obese man across half a continent.

  6. alil2theleft says:

    This is the dumbest thing I have heard in quite some time…
    Metal heads are more caring and accepting of people than any other (musical genre appreciation) group I know!
    Extremist/hate group… My ass.

  7. alil2theleft says:

    This is the dumbest thing I have heard in quite some time…
    Metal heads are more caring and accepting of people than any other (musical genre appreciation) group I know!
    Extremist/hate group… My ass.

  8. alil2theleft says:

    This is the dumbest thing I have heard in quite some time…
    Metal heads are more caring and accepting of people than any other (musical genre appreciation) group I know!
    Extremist/hate group… My ass.

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