Sometimes people aren’t fully aware of the power of social media, and usually they learn it the hard way when they post something online they shouldn’t have. Take today’s example with the band Malevolent Creation, who posted this to their Facebook today and has since been deleted:
Ignoring the fact that this is quite poorly written, this doesn’t come off as a very professional way to go about announcing the departure of your drummer of five or so years. And the claim that you have a “very famous drummer” to replace him sound downright childish even if it’s true. However, the big issue here is, of course, referring to Rios as gay. Are they just referring to him as “gay” like a 4th grader’s incorrect way of calling someone “lame”? Or is there more to it? Plus, there’s the matter of this statement from Rios via Sick Drummer released before the Malevolent Creation post:
“After several years, I have decided to part ways permanently with Malevolent Creation. The simple reason is personal differences. I appreciate all of the people I’ve worked with during my time with the band and want to thank all of them – I’m sure we’ll work together again in the future with another band. Most of all, I would like to thank all of the fans who have supported the band! I’m sure you will continue to support.
“This opens me up for bands in need of a touring and/or recording drummer, as well as a full-time position if the situation is right. I can be reached on my facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/riosgus.”
So Rios might have actually just up and quit, but the band might have been trying to make it seem like it was their doing so they could maintain control? And “personal differences” could mean a lot of things, but if it means what we think it means, the Malevolent Creation are going to have more than a few detractors. Keep in mind, the issue here isn’t whether Rios is in fact gay or not, it’s the manner in which the band is sending him off.