Name objections force Cuntz to cancel Seattle gig

The band's booking agency said of the name's objectors, "I hope you all die from your PTSD"

Australian punks Cuntz have been forced to move their show from Seattle’s Victory Lounge on October 13 because of objections to their name.

A Facebook post by Nicole Erin Yalaz, the manager of the band’s booking agency, Strange Victory Touring, read, “The Cuntz show in Seattle has been cancelled because of their name. I’m so disgusted right now.”

She continued, “so sick of these rich young college kids who think that trolling a show into being cancelled is making a difference in the world. I hope you all die from your PTSD.”

The band have now moved their show to a new venue. Stereogum reports that the original gig’s promoter, C.J. Frederick posted the following about the venue change:

“It’s not up to me to decide what is and isn’t offensive to folks, but I do feel like it’s my responsibly to listen to the voices of my friends, peers and fellow musicians who have been upset by me booking a band called Cuntz. I decide to stand with my lady friends and feminist friends on this issue.

“This show is CANCELLED and this Facebook event will self destruct in 12-24 hours. If you want to see Cuntz play on 10/13, they will be a Lucky Liquor but DASWASUPGIG and me (C.J.) have absolutely nothing to do with it and I will not be there.

“Apologies to folks who have been hurt and/or offended by this show. This is NOT the kind of thing I want DASWASUPGIG to represent and I admit to having rolled the dice when I should have just said ‘no thanks’.”

Listen to tracks from the band’s latest release ‘Force The Zone’ below:

Last month Canadian band Viet Cong, who had also had gigs cancelled due to their controversial name – they are named after a Vietnamese political group with its own army – confirmed that they would change their name.

The band remained bullish in the face of criticism of the band name in the past, even after they lost gigs due to opposition from the public to the name. However, in a new statement published online on September 19, they laid out plans for change and explained their thought process.

“Art and music are about creative expression,” the statement begins. “However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it. This is not what our band is about.”



They continued, “The truth is, we’ve been planning to change the band name for the next record for months; it has not been an easy decision by any means,” the band add. “We are a band of four people with four individual voices; this debate has been long and difficult for us and it took time for everyone to settle on a plan of action.”

However, the band formerly known as Viet Cong do not have a new name yet: “We rushed into our last band name decision, we don’t plan to rush into this one, but know that will be rolling out a new name as soon as we agree upon one.”

Earlier this year the band had a gig at a university in Ohio canceled following complaints about their name, with the promoter at the venue saying the name “deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities.”