BUTCHER BABIES’ HEIDI SHEPHERD Defends Return to ‘Nipple Tape’ Music Video for ‘Freak On A Leash’

los angeles rock band Gina and the East Block Worked with “Provocative Rock Dance Company” nasty little lady and butcher baby lead singer Heidi Shepherd record cover Cohen classic “The Freak on the Belt”. The track’s NSFW music video, directed by Gina and the East Block singer Gina Caton and Jonathan Covertcan be seen below.

shepherd Loved her ever since Instagram To explain her decision to go back to “nipple tape”, look for clips, previous nude photos with tape on her nipples butcher baby‘ earlier years.

Heidi Writing: “Let’s talk. Over the past 14 years of my career, I have grown into a woman who stands in front of the world. During those 14 years, I have also seen the industry change. In metals, We’ve been told its ‘not metal’ to embrace your femininity, however, I’ve seen the same women who are called ugly and vulgar when we don’t. We’ve seen ‘they’ say we women Should be downplaying bold but then saying we need to be more bold when we play with boys. They tell us (we are all) unique and then immediately compare us to each other. We’ve seen them say, ‘People don’t want to see women Scream, we should sing and be pretty” and then say “we are all clones” because they are the ones who pushed us into that corner to start w.

“I’ve felt the whiplash of ‘do this’ for the last ten years. Actually, ‘do that’. Honestly, I’ve lost myself in all of this. I’ve always been a girl who dares to push boundaries and give [the middle finger] to the box people were trying to put me in. Over time, I felt like I moved away from the things that made me special. I realized that later it turned into a nice little box with a bow on it to make other people feel comfortable.

“When approached to dive [nipple] This music video, I admit, I was worried because “Gosh, what are they going to think?”
Then @henryflury reminded me of how hard I work. He reminded me that I entered the industry as BAMF and I still am. He reminded me that I’m here for FUCKSHITUP! He reminded me that the female body is a damn work of art and that I should be comfortable with my hard-working body. From surviving stomach cramps, to overcoming a debilitating eating disorder, to breaking my back, to now crushing the gym; I should be grateful and proud of the body I have. We should all! I should embrace my femininity in whatever form I want, whether it’s nipple tape or a turtleneck. Because we all have those moments when we feel like a badass, sexy woman, and then we also want to rock our sweats and baggy T-shirts. We should be authorized by both parties!

“So thanks @ginaandtheeasternblock for the reminder and the chance to rewind and reflect! So excited about the video. The bitch is back! -SMD”

about music videos, Caton commented: “Our version ‘Freak on the Belt’ There’s a lot of my favorite musical elements in it – it’s dark, psychedelic, beautiful, weird, huge, and of course nasty.when mark The first time (the producer) played the song to me, the idea of ​​the video immediately popped into my head. So the video is really a perfect reflection of the music.It was an honor to work with him Heidi About songs and videos. She’s a true pro, an all-around great, and incredibly talented. Heidi Perfectly captures the song’s ferocious darkness, power and beautiful erotica.We also brought in some nasty little lady Sing more vocals for this song and be the incredibly gorgeous and powerful co-star in this truly timeless video. “

shepherd Statement about the clip: “Back to my roots Gina and talented ladies nasty little lady This is the perfect reminder that we women are fucking ferocious and should be celebrated for the uniqueness and beauty of all of us! Embracing our femininity while attacking a classic sexy song felt like the perfect mix of confidence and empowerment that I needed to be reminded of.I am honored to be a part of it GinaA vision that touches all the senses. “

four years ago, Heidi Said she had no regrets about the time butcher baby‘History of her and the lead singer Karahawi Used to have nude pics with duct tape on nipples, explained it was a compliment Plasma female anchor Wendy Williamswho has a song called “The Butcher Baby”.

although shepherd and HarveyTheir looks have earned them a lot of attention, and they’ve been labelled gimmicks by some metal fans, with purists accusing women of being overly sexualized to gain popularity.

was asked in an interview “Say Toumi” Podcast if she looks back at what nipple tape looks like a good or bad idea, Heidi Responded: “I think it’s a good idea. People will say, ‘What?’ We’ve done it before in our band butcher baby Also, so this is nothing new for us. “

She continued: “It’s an interesting question because I think, in a lot of ways, it definitely hurts the way we grow up, but I also think it’s the message we stand for. Those who don’t get it and it’s in translation Lost, well, now they know. But in Europe, more people seem to understand, which makes sense. But in America, I seem, people forget [Wendy]? [Laughs] Doesn’t the metal world understand this? But I don’t think it’s a bad idea. I think that’s what I do and I’m proud of it. I really don’t regret it. I think in life in general, those situations build the bigger picture, and I think it’s kind of a cool evolution of the band to have who we are, past and present. It’s unique. We went from these young girls, bouncing around in nipple tape and screaming hateful stuff into the microphone, to nearly a decade later, women who grew up in the industry, if you will, helping the women’s movement. I think this kind of thing helped me become the woman I am today. “

Heidi say change butcher baby‘ Visual came naturally as the band toured the world in recent years, playing for thousands of impressionable fans.

“It’s really interesting because it really changes when we realize that young girls are looking up to us and that we have a responsibility to be a positive role model mine Life got better too; I started to live my life more actively,” she said. “I think you can see that in the evolution of our appearance; you can hear it in the evolution of our music. So, in that sense, I’m fucking proud of it. “

Heidi also reiterated butcher baby‘ An early image does not imply a clever marketing strategy designed to ensure maximum exposure. “I never thought about things like, ‘Oh, this is going to help us get noticed.’ Because I was in a band for a year before that, so I did,” she explained. “I don’t think it’s going to end here. I don’t think it’s going to make any sense. I just think we’re going to play some original music with our friends on Sunset Boulevard because that’s what we used to do. The only difference is , formerly, were five girls and [we were playing] cover.That’s why we created butcher baby – Do something original. “

Heidi‘s comments echoed Karawho said metal underground In a 2016 interview, the band’s nipple-tape look was “completely exaggerated. When we first started the band, we didn’t playboy role model; we do this as a sort of ‘fuck you’ to the cookie-cutter music industry, she explained. “We are paying tribute to the women in metal we respect, Wendy Williams. That’s it. And the show was never sexual—never. “

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