During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Nikki Sixx opened up about the sexism accusations Mötley Crüe faced in the 1980s. According to the musician, their lyrics were sexist, which was also the case for several other rock bands, including Aerosmith.
As some of you might remember, when Mötley Crüe’s biopic ‘The Dirt’ was released, there was one aspect that bothered nearly everybody. The band’s members could be seen treating women like sex toys, and in combination with their sexist lyrics, such as in ‘She Goes Down,’ the film didn’t exactly portray Mötley Crüe members as feminists.
Mötley Crüe isn’t the only band that has been accused of being sexist since many people believe that a significant number of rock bands were sexist anyway. Their lyrics vary from portraying women as troublemakers, “easy” or “loose,” submissive, heartless, and the list of sexist lyrics could go on and on.
Nikki Sixx recently reflected on the accusations of sexism and admitted that Mötley Crüe was a sexist band in the 1980s. However, in his defense, so was everybody else since the idea of portraying women in relation to nothing but sex was a common theme. If you ask Sixx, it was almost a heritage that was carried through generations of rock music.
In the interview, Sixx said:
“In today’s environment, most probably. As was everybody. In the seventies, when I grew up, it was just the messaging that came through, and you were emulating your heroes.”
Furthermore, Sixx gave one of his heroes as an example; Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and their song, ‘Pandora’s Box.’ Somewhere in that song, Tyler uses the words, ‘slitter licker,’ and according to Sixx, their choice of words was dangerous even back then. However, these male-centered and patriarchy-based lyrics still spread from one band to another for a very long time.
Regarding Steven Tyler’s lyrics, he said:
“I was like, ‘Wow, that’s fucking rad!’ It was dangerous, you know? When someone is talking about guns and sex and drugs, you’re like, ‘This is fucking dangerous, man. This is not mom and dad’s music.’ So it was a different time. You can’t rewrite history, man.”
You can listen to Aerosmith’s ‘Pandora’s Box’ below.