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by Hank Willow, staff reporter  [December 20, 2001]




[]  Erik Barath's is daily exposing America's heartbreak tots to graphic Satanic bands with lurid names such as Cradle of Filth, Annihilator, Skinlab, Fear Factory, and Hatebreed!

But shockingly! -- Barath is a church-going Christian! -- And he admires conservative culture warrior William Bennett!

Those are some of the shocking revelations Barath revealed in an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Investigator!

Even more shockingly, Anti-MTV blends graphic heavy metal videos, reviews, and news -- with conservative punditry!

In "My Socialist America," Barath attacks music censorship -- from the right! After slamming Tipper Gore's Parents Resource Resource Center, Barath labels Al Gore the "vice-socialist" and equates music censorship to the politics of "Uncle Joe" Stalin!

Libertarian John Stossel's ABC special inspired another Barath piece: "Global Warming Activism (The New Moonies)".

During his no-holds-barred exclusive.Hollywood Investigator interview, Barath confessed he's been in the music business for 15 years!

Barath darkly admitted: "I was in a band called I.N.C in my late teens and early twenties. I played lead guitar and wrote all the songs. We were considered thrash metal and played withPantera, Testament, and Megadeth."

He founded Anti-MTV in response to MTV's scant metal coverage. "MTV plays metal videos only after they can't ignore them anymore. We had the Slipknot videos first."





Amazingly, Barath has run Anti-MTV for two years! "About a year ago, I decided to use this site for more than just heavy metal promotion. I'm sickened by the liberal indoctrination of our kids in public schools, so I decided to give the other side of the arguments to our youth. I am a proud conservative, not a moderate. My biggest fight nowadays is about global warming. This anti-American, anti-capitalist mindset is a great battle that is fought here at Anti-MTV."

Barath's conservative punditry has drawn hostility from headbangers. "My articles don't jive with about 50% of our fanbase, but I often find them agreeing with me after I present the facts. Some are very nasty toward me because I'm a conservative. It's almost like a form of discrimination."

Even more amazingly, social conservatives have ignored Anti-MTV, perhaps because they don't know it exists. But if they were to slam Barath's site, the Reaganite rock 'n roller readily responds:

"Metal music is aggressive and sometimes violent. If Bill Bennett, whom I respect greatly, were to comment on that, I would tell him this is a metal site first, a political site second. Think how helpful it would be if MTV had as many positive and educational shows as we do articles.





"As far as family values is concerned, it's just lip service by my party [the GOP]. But on the flipside, I don't think our government can get people to follow what conservatives consider 'family values.' The family structure has died in our country. I don't know what can help other than fewer liberal ideas and programs. The education system is a disgrace and we can all give a big hand to the liberals and teachers' unions. But I see their point. Ya gotta keep kids stupid for future votes. Anyone with knowledge of history and economics could never vote Democrat."

Despite his anti-censorship/small government stance, Barath denies being a libertarian. Married without kids, he sees no conflict between Anti-MTV's fusion of conservative politics and metal culture.

"There is no image, music, movie or video game that is harmful to children if they have a solid foundation on which absorb these materials. My articles give some foundation to kids, but most must come from parents. I grew up listening to Satanic bands and never once thought of joining a cult or doing evil. I am a church attendee and believe in family values.

"I live in a lower middle class community and work out of my bedroom about 70 hours a week on this site. My neighborhood is a great place, with a 50/50 split of minority and whites living in such harmony. No one is rich, but everyone is rich in character. A place where parenting is paramount and education is the cornerstone for success.

"There isn't anything I wouldn't let my [future] kids listen to, because I plan on being there every step of the way, teaching them the value of life, love and family. With those tools, all outside messages are quite menial."

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Shocking Update: BMI lawyers shutter Anti-MTV, which finally went offline in August/September 2002.
Hank Willow is a Los Angeles based tabloid reporter who investigates Hollywood scams and Tinseltown's occult underbelly. Read about his adventures in tabloid journalism in Hollywood Witches.


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