sorry i just need to be emotions about this for a sec
pete wentz has been psychiatrized and so much of the narrative of mental/health illness is about GETTING BETTER; it gets better, you get more normal, you can make yourself more normal if you just do what we say. it’s awful and violent and totally ignores the way emotional distress is produced by structural violence I LITERALLY JUST GAVE A PAPER ON THIS OK
and for a very famous very public person with a mainstream voice and lots of social capital to get up and say, it actually doesn’t necessarily get better and that’s okay is fucking huge. like you can continue to survive and resist and flourish without being normalized, that your perspective is valuable and it matters and what you feel matters. the way in which it’s never getting any better than this becomes not defeat but joyful resistance.
and it’s couched in terms of saving rock and roll, of playing music, but that’s not just what it’s about. saving rock and roll is about changing the meaning of what it is to be saved and safe; that it is something you create within yourself and the people you love. you are what you love, not who loves you.
it’s crucial, it’s fucking crucial.
HI OK this post has been getting some traction and i just wanted to say i fucked up when originally posting it.
Pete Wentz has been psychiatrized and he is a man of colour; psychiatry has been deployed in really specific ways against racialized people, particularly Black people in the united states and canada. So that is part of the context Pete exists in and is responding to. I elided that under my remark about structural violence and I really shouldn’t have, I’m sorry.
I can provide more sources if anyone is interested!!