According to the official Blood On The Dance Floor Facebook page, after being given the exclusive story on their new music video for the track "Don't Want To Be Like You", music mega-site Buzznet took the opportunity to call singer Dahvie on rumors of abuse in his past. The article was very short, only a few sentences, but had the pretext warning of:
"Buzznet was unaware of Dahvie's alleged past and while we unknowingly supported the release of this new video we do not -- in any way condone violence against women."
The comment was obviously there to protect the site and it's writers, but it still felt unneeded, especially since the only allegations against him were over two years ago, and the matters had been settled and done with. In the meantime, the group has released numerous anthems to speak out against abuse, bullying, and violence. Let me clarify: I'm not saying anything can make up for what may or may not have transpired, but I still felt the inclusion of a pretext was unnecessary and detrimental.
Buzznet's original post has since been removed (although Dahvie took a screen cap on his laptop), but another user re-blogged the post, minus the disclaimer.
Dahvie was quick to respond, posting a long message to the fans on Facebook.
"It makes me sad to see what Buzznet did to us today. We gave them our video for Don't Want To Be Like You to post before anyone else and they do this to us. They accuse me of having violence toward women which has never happened, all of my fans know me and know I would never hurt anyone. When my manager called them outraged they were arrogant and disrespected us. I am hurt by the things they'v e said, especially after all of my love and gratitude for my fans, we do not deserve this. I am better than them, I am living my dreams and nobody can take away our love for what we do. These people think they are bigger than the music, and they are nothing without the music. All I can think of right now is the words to Don't Want To Be Like You and what they mean to me. Our new EP came out today and I could not be happier, I love you all, I feel free of people like Buzznet right now. ♥ Dahvie"
While not exactly taking the high road (with the inclusion of the phrase "people like Buzznet", it still shows that he is attempting to move on from the situation and focus on promoting the new material. I, for one, would like to take a moment to focus on how hot Jayy is. That seems like a much more pleasurable topic, doncha think?
On the plus side, the song and video are both beautiful and inspirational. We get to see Jayy in a lot less makeup than we are used to, and we get to see a very vulnerable side to Dahvie, making it vastly different from the videos they've put out in the past.
The new EP "Anthem For The Outcast" is available now on iTunes.