Sometimes, I do not understand people and their thinking. Actually, right now in early 2017, it is a lot more than sometimes. Despite the increasing frequency, I’m still shocked by things that people think and believe.
Looking back to my childhood fandom, I definitely recognize that a LOT of people hated Duran Duran. I saw friends and family hate Duran. Friends at school constantly put them down as not being cool, at least not in comparison to artists like Michael Jackson. I remember classmates talking about how Duran needed to learn how to dance as breakdancing became the “in thing”. Lunch times were spend arguing the merits of Duran Duran vs. the rest of popular music. I never convinced any of my classmates about Duran’s coolness, but I always tried to. I was a dedicated fan even back then in 1984.
Of course, I also remember Top 40 radio DJs that played Duran Duran making fun of them. That really perplexed me. Why play the band if you hated them so much, I wondered. One memory that still stands out for me is hearing a couple of male DJs discussing Nick’s wedding. They were appalled by the pink attire as well as how much make-up Nick wore. I didn’t get it then as I had no clue that people judge men who wear make-up or like the color pink. Now, of course, I recognize that this judgement was based on this rigid notion of gender roles where men are not supposed to like a color that represents the feminine and they definitely should not wear make-up. That was for women only. rolls eyes
The stigma against Duran was strong that it carried over to critics and much of the general public, stopping the respect that a band who writes and records quality music should receive. Yet, decades passed and notions of metrosexuality became more accepted as did the restrictions on strict gender roles. The world seemed more inclusive and accepting. Duran, specifically, received more and more critical acclaim as time went on. I began to read more and more praise about the band and their latest albums. I believed that Duran finally was gaining acceptance, real acceptance.
This past week, though, proved that this belief of mine was false, that many still hated Duran Duran. Rhonda and I corresponded with someone about a potential project this week who openly dismissed our idea simply because it was about Duran Duran. What?!? Are you kidding?! Both of us expressed shock by this. People really still hated Duran? Seriously?! After the initial shock, anger took over. How can people still not see that Duran Duran is a band of quality? It did not even matter when we pointed out that Duran still sells out arenas and has countless number of fans. We proved that there are a lot of Duranies out there. None of that mattered because this person is not interested in Duran.
Days have passed and I’m still furious. Here’s the thing. Rhonda and I will continue to shop our project around. Why? Simple. We know that Duran is quality and deserves the respect that we hope to show with this idea we came up with. I also have to admit that I like the idea of proving this person wrong, too, because I (and the rest of you) KNOW that she is wrong when it comes to Duran.