Brian "Head" Welch Responds To Video Controversy And CD Being Pulled Off Shelves In Some Stores
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Former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has responded to the controversy surrounding his latest solo video for "Flush" as well as reports that some stores are pulling his CD of their shelves in reaction to this video. Here's Welch's statement on the matter:
"I have received a handful of messages from some conservative people complaining about the sex and drug references in my new music video for FLUSH; and, I have recently learned that some select retailers are pulling my CD from their shelves because of my music video's content. So, I wanted to give an explanation of what the video means to me; and to address those select retailers that are pulling the CD from their shelves:
"The video for FLUSH is about Crystal Meth addiction and the crazy things anyone addicted to Meth will do while they're high or to get their fix. Everything the models were doing in the video is what I was wrapped up in while I was addicted to Meth. The video is a very realistic look at the addiction and where it will lead you if you get hooked. I understand the images of the models may be too much for some people, but honestly, I was just trying to be real with what happened in my life and show where I was, as well as where I am at now.
"I was totally imprisoned by Meth (Straight Jacket).
"I would do anything to get my Meth (Models being obsessed with Pink Substance).
"I was totally kinky and freaky while I was on Meth (Models touching each other and licking Pink Substance off of each other).
"I got emotionally, spiritually and physically sick while I was on Meth (Models puking up black tar all over their faces and everywhere else).
"I believe I would be dead right now if I continued using Meth, but instead, I chose to surrender my life to Christ and die to myself so He could share His resurrection with me (Models lying down lifeless, getting zipped up in body bags, coming back to life and ripping through the body bags to catch their new BREATH OF LIFE). Significantly, the images also go along with what the kids (not actors) at the beginning of the video were honestly saying about their addictions.
"To be clear, I'm not going to apologize for my video! But, I did want to clear up any confusion about what the video actually meant and hopefully put some minds at ease.
"I have also been informed that my CD is being pulled from a handful of retailers' shelves because of my music video's content. I totally understand that the video may be a bit too much for some conservative people and I respect everyone's choice. But to me, taking my CDs off the shelves because of a music video (that isn't being sold with the CD) is a bit too extreme! There is a huge message of hope on my CD and I believe those retailers that are pulling the CD from their shelves are robbing someone spiritually by taking it off of the shelves. But, thank GOD for iTunes!
"I'm not called to be a Sunday School teacher obviously....I mean, just look at me....(Smile).....I'm called to speak to people that understand my language and I'm gonna be as REAL as possible. The CHEESE has to disappear from the Christian media. I challenge the conservative Christians to start thinking "outside the box," and get real with how they try and connect with the masses!!
"As for me--I'm going to do everything I can do to KILL RELIGIOUS MINDSETS THAT CONTINUE TO BE PIGEON-HOLED IN THEIR THINKING!! DIE!!! RELIGION!!! DIE!!!!!!!!!!
"Oh yeah....one more very important thing....I love you all....Even you conservative nit pickers!!!"
You can watch the full music video for "Flush" below:
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