TC Electronic and Satchel from Steel Panther have been on the receiving end of a huge outcry from the guitar community over the naming of one of their signature TonePrint presets.
The offending TonePrint was named Pussy Melter. The name was evidently supposed to be a risqué, ‘tongue-in-cheek’ nod to the ’80s-style Glam Metal era that Steel Panther base their act upon. The name was used for a delay sound in Satchel’s TonePrint library presented by TC Electronics in its website.
Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner started a petition to have it removed on Twitter. To be honest, I’m surprised anyone at TC thought this was a good idea in the first place. If the name wasn’t enough, the copy that went with it (see below) was arguably worse: users are invited to get “your tone as wet as the ladies in the front row”. Yeuch.
This ‘joke’ is sexist, puerile and just unnecessary in this day and age. As a musician and father of three daughters, I find this kind of humour deters women from playing the instrument that I love. Both parties involved may want to rethink their schtick, as it is just not needed in today’s world.
The offending patch has now been removed from TC’s website, but it still leaves a lot to be said for the industry that we all work in. It is still often assumed that it is okay to be sexist to market a guitar product.
Official TC Electronic Statement
“It’s become clear that a number of people have been offended by the title and description of a delay TonePrint that we created over a year ago with Steel Panther’s Satchel.
“Steel Panther is an American comedic glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics, as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that reenact the stereotypical 1980s “glam metal” lifestyle (from Wikipedia).
“It has never been our intention to offend anyone but simply to provide fans of Steel Panther with guitar presets made by Satchel. We recognize that the material was inappropriate and we have removed the TonePrint in question from the app and we will take it down from our website as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize.”