Needle Drop shows cancelled after controversy
UPDATE: Watch Anthony’s response.
Very popular YouTube music critic Anthony Fantano, “the internet’s busiest music nerd” and host of The Needle Drop, was supposed to celebrate The Needle Drop’s 10th anniversary with shows in such cities as San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and Brooklyn (at Murmrr Theatre on 10/28), but all of those have been canceled, presumably due to the controversy started by a new FADER article. It’s no secret that Anthony has a political and “problematic” side (he sarcastically has the word in his own Twitter bio), but apparently many who know him just as a music critic still hadn’t caught on to his association with alt-right personalities, memes and his other related popular (but now removed) YouTube account thisistheplan (which his fans claim was merely satire).
From the FADER article:
He started the channel in 2007, initially posting earnest covers of songs by Man Man and the Mountain Goats. At first, it was little more than an offshoot of The Needle Drop, but increasingly, thatistheplan took on a bizarre life of its own — sometimes with a stark contrast in tone. Until today, Fantano updated it regularly, posting dense videos full of references to memes and other YouTube channels you probably haven’t heard of. His vocabulary took on a screechy, 4Chan-friendly slant — video titles from the past year include “pepe the frog triggers hillary clinton,” “I CHANGED MY GENDER CUZ DONALD TRUMP,” and “MEGA-CUCK SAYS POKEMON GO IS LIKE DOGFIGHTING.” He raged against SJWs and feminists, and, in video after video, treated black musicians as a punchline.
Yes, like other prominent YouTubers, Anthony Fantano has become an edgelord.
This article has resulted in even more articles, and yesterday Popgun (the promoter of the NYC show) tweeted this:
We only want to promote events we can stand by proudly. With that, The Needle Drop 10/28 is canceled. Refunds available @ point of purchase
— popgun presents (@popgunpresents) October 4, 2017
On Twitter, Fantano says he’s preparing a video response to the FADER story:
well, yeah, but i'm a youtuber, so i'm going to respond to it in a video. https://t.co/LlZVaTB8zT
— thee anthony fantano (@theneedledrop) October 4, 2017
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Fader says, “He deleted the entire channel when we asked for comment about why it was so bad”, though Anthony says the reason he took down thisistheplan was because YouTube wouldn’t let him monetize it anymore:
THATISTHEPLAN is dead. YT continues to demonetize every video regardless of tags, content, titles. There's really no use.
— thee anthony fantano (@theneedledrop) October 3, 2017