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Otep Frontwoman Speaks On Being A Lesbian

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Larry Nichols of Philadelphia Gay News recently conducted an interview with OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya.

"There's an old saying that labels are for soup cans," Shamaya said about the band's supposed association with nu-metal. "We're more of a fusion band. That's one of the things I wanted to accomplish when I started the band, to invite people that had many different styles and inspirations and wanted to make really aggressive emotional music. That included having inspirations from everything from punk to grunge to hip-hop to metal to spoken word poetry. Perhaps that's how we avoided it. It was the wrong category for us."

She continued, "There's a lot of metal traditionalists out there that don't consider us metal and that's fine. I don't really consider us metal either."

While there are more women in the metal scene today, openly gay practitioners of metal are few and far between. Shamaya said that being a lesbian hasn't been much of as issue in her career.

"The fact that I like girls doesn't seem to have an effect on anything," she said. "The fact that I find women beautiful doesn't have anything to do with the quality of our work or our songs. I think it would be more of an issue if I was a guy. One of the biggest stereotypes of people who are interested in same-gender relationships is that [people think] I can't find men attractive, which is absolutely false. I just don't have a sexual interest in them. The way our culture views the distinction between a gay man and a gay woman — that would be a bigger issue. I don't think it really matters in the end. Most people don't pay attention to the fact that I like girls. Why would they? I'm not trying to convert anyone. I'm not trying to give them 'the gay.' I'm just up here writing songs."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. warlockzero writes:

Hot! she should do a lesbian porno!!

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2. willie writes:

i agree..

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3. willie writes:

i disagree

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4. dougcore86 writes:

i want "the gay"

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5. Stephen writes:

That's a woman?! I thought that was the dude from AFI.

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6. Hey Zeus writes:

burn!!!

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7. Ha writes:

So she like to lick the carpet, good luck to her.

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8. Bri@n-Peppers writes:

She needs to re-create 2girls1cup.com LMAO!!!

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9. PunK writes:

i think thats hott

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10. nillie1018 writes:

sorry guys ......you all lose....she is definitley a beautiful piece of art

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11. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

WHO

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12. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

FVCKING

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13. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

CARES?!!??!!??!

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14. CrawfordTexasjingoJango writes:

This b**** would say she's bigfoot if it'd help sell albums to a new demographic. Shut up Otep, nobody gives a big fat sh** that you're a lesbian. If I was a chick as questionable looking as you and had as much heavy emotional baggage as you have, I'd f*** any gender as well.

In closing, OTEP, shut your face. No one cares. Your band is terrible. Go die.

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15. BLACKDOG writes:

Crawferd you are one strange dude.

On the other hand Thank's to Rob Halford.Being gay and involved in METAL is no big deal anymore.Infact let Dee Snyder tell it.Theres atleast 3 other big name Metal people out there that are gayer than the GOOD SHIP LOLLY POP & we'd never know.So what difference does it make?

Hopefully Shamaya won't start doing Porn.But if she does I'll probably be picking it up.It's bad enough Dave Nevarro has started directing Porn(The break up with Carmen must have really hit him hard.)Then againe alot of big name & or underated musician's are getting involved in porn lately doing soundtrack work under aliases.Unlike Lil John,Ice Tee,Digital Underground & Snoop Dogg all of whome have produced directed and did the sound tracks for video's and appeard on the cover's.What's this world comeing too.

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16. BLACKDOG writes:

HAY WAIT A MINUT !!! DeathBringer did'nt you post an article about a year or two ago.About Shamaya gettin into it with Paris Hilton over Nick Carter or one of those other Boy Band wusses?

# Nov 27, 2007 @ 10:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. KcufEhtTahw writes:

i dont understand gay ppl. and i cant stand homos who look and act like the opposite sex.

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