Even as girls across the country are waiting with bated breath for Backstreet Boys to land in India, metal heads are fuming at the apparent ‘desecration of rock’, since the boy band is to headline a rock festival, Rock ‘N India.
Several anti-BSB communities have popped up online to protest the concerts. Each has several fans using the choicest of abuses to describe the band, as well as the “sell out” promoters, DNA Networks on the festival’s official Facebook page.
Facebook hate communities include ‘Go back Backstreet’, a take on the ‘Simon go back’ agitation of 1928; ‘Keep Backstreet Boys out of Rock ‘N India 2010’, ‘And there goes India’s metal recognition’, ‘Why on earth are Backstreet Boys headlining Rock ‘N India’ and a rather innovative threat, ‘Kill that b*****d who flashes devil horns in BSB gig.’
The Rock ‘N India website was hacked twice by a hacker who calls himself ‘Thor’s Hammer’, and who wants a “public apology for the stab wounds” on the backs of Indian rock fans. The hacker has a Facebook page dedicated to himself called ‘The guy who hacked the Rock ‘N India website, with 210 fans so far.
There is even a petition on an online website called ‘Stop Backstreet Boys from playing at Rock ‘N India’, with over 200 signatures on it, and a hilarious spoof
YouTube video, called ‘Hitler learns about the RoI 2010 headliners’, where Adolf Hitler expresses his displeasure that Backstreet Boys is headlining Rock ‘N India.
But promoters DNA Networks are not worried about any backlash. Says T Venkat Vardhan, chairman of DNA Networks, “There is no question of resistance from a handful of overzealous music followers but the number of people on social networking communities is relatively small compared to the over 10 lakh fans who have visited our website.”
Explaining why the rock festival is bringing down a pop group to headline, Vardhan says, “The concept behind Rock ‘N India was to create a festival style of international music offering multiple genres of live entertainment, which appeal to different audiences. We want there to be something for everybody who attends.”