Back in October, Steve Albini took to Twitter to talk about his “role in inspiring ‘edgelord’ shit" with "things I said and did from an ignorant position of comfort and privilege" that were "clearly awful." MEL magazine just published a new interview with Albini where writer Zaron Burnett III asked him about some specifics from his past.
One of the first questions was about Albini's post-Big Black band naming themselves Rapeman. "That was an inexcusable choice that band made," Albini told MEL, talking about how it came from learning about Japanese rape manga culture. "You had these sort of rape fantasies being articulated as a superhero [comic], which is simultaneously utterly repellent and fascinating," he continued. "That was the frame of mind that we were in when we chose that name. Obviously, it’s the product of decades of repression and misogyny being expressed through a different cultural tradition. But for us Americans, the manga just landed on our couch. But I’m not saying that by way of excusing that choice."