During a recent conversation with Yahoo Music, Slash was asked if there’s a reason for Guns N’ Roses to worry about their music being labeled sexist or misogynistic in today’s “#MeToo era.” The guitarist replied:
“I’ve never thought of that. It’s never crossed my mind. I mean, I think when the #MeToo thing really blew up, the thought crossed my mind of a bunch of musicians, not particular ones, but just musicians [who might be implicated].
“But for the most part, as far as all the ones I know, it wasn’t like that. We didn’t have that particular [predatory] relationship with girls. It was a lot more the other way around, in some cases!
“Anyway, so some of the songs were sort of sexist in their own way, but not to be taken that seriously. I don’t think they were malicious or anything.”
Asked if rock music became too safe and “too PC,” and whether today’s rock acts can “exude that thrilling sense of menace today,” Slash replied:
“That’s a great question. That sort of spirit, it’s still around. It’s still inherent in metal bands. It’s still inherent in young bands who have something that they want to express that maybe they’re not having the easiest time dealing with.
“But that attitude really is not something fabricated, and so right now at this particular point in time, a lot of bands or a lot of artists are doing a lot of different things – and not much of it is really rock ‘n’ roll.
“There’s nothing to rebel against… I think trying to figure out how to have the attitude in your music, and songs, and so forth, is probably difficult for a lot of young bands because now it’s about politics again. So we’ll see what that turns into.”