And some of the elitist, purist attitudes on display are really gross. People like what they like, music crosses genres and evolves and changes. It's not a big deal.
You know, I don't really care what Floor has to say on the matter, for various reasons, and I'll get into some of those later. It's comments such as yours which do more to burn my ass than anything she could say.
See, some of us were around and stuck to our guns as Metal fans at times when you were more or less expected to be a 'cowboy bepop' sort and listen to Garth Brooks and carry on about Country you were even though you lived in the suburbs or else sag your pants below your ass and - in spite again of being white and from the suburbs - talking about how you "da illest gangsta in da hood". Some of us can remember Tipper Gore and the PMRC, and how they poisoned the minds of parents and the general public with the notion that, if your kid listens to Metal, they're going to join a cult and torture small animals, and we had to weather a whole rash of shit we caught for it. Now, it's a scene flooded with trendwhores, bandwagon jumpers, fly-by-nighters, and all other sorts of "just add water" Metal 'fans' who, if the tide suddenly shifted and Metal fans found themselves again under the same sort of scrutiny, would be among the first to jump ship.
So no, I don't have much regard for those people, and many of your most admired artists in the scene nowadays came up from that, Floor included. And it's not that I don't respect them as artists, but I don't heed their opinions on these matters any more than I do any other fly-by-nighter. She's more than free to think whatever she wants of their music... there's no obligation to like every band out there - even the pioneering bands of their times. But Floor and others need to also realize that, had it not been for the bands who took groups such as the PMRC and even the courts - as is the case with Judas Priest - head on, Metal would never have the level of acceptance it has today, and the stigma behind it - even though it's not entirely nonexistent now - would remain so much more prevalent. Had Judas Priest not won that civil case against them in 89, musicians - not just Metal musicians, but any considered in any way to be controversial - would be wide open to frivolous lawsuits attempting to ultimately bankrupt them, their labels, publications which promoted the bands, etc. It sort of is a big deal.
So, when I see some 18 year-old emerge out of nowhere, trying to tell me what's up, because they've gained such credentials for writing a couple reviews on Metal Archives or whatever (some forum members here might remember who I have in mind specifically), yes, I'm going to dismiss them without a second thought. If that to you is elitism, well, so be it... I'm not really inclined to give a shit, nor would anyone else who actually had to earn their stripes be. We endured, the fly-by-nighters did not and would not, so we're not gonna put up with a bunch of crap from them.
As for Floor's comments, whatever. No band is going to do it for everybody. I kinda doubt Tom Araya would have much more to say about After Forever or Nightwish.. as the adage goes, different strokes for different folks. I am a bit worried that she's gonna get trolled by a bunch of jackasses, and I certainly don't condone that. Unfortunately, the Internet makes for an excellent platform for people to show their asses with an expectation that they'll never be held accountable for it, but don't for a second think it's exclusive to Slayer fans - anyone who was on this forum when Tarja got kicked out certainly saw the worst attributes of the 'Tarjaholics' and the 'Tuomasholics' alike emerge, and the forum became a REALLY inhospitable place for a lot of people.
I think a lot of people are going to say that most of the backlash she would receive would be on account of her being a female in the Metal scene... I don't really think I would disagree. As pointed out before, this quote of hers is being milked.. in retrospect, Phil Anselmo saying he'd like to see Darrel Abbot harmed (which, by the way, did happen, as the latter was murdered in 2004) caused some controversy, but for the most part just kinda seemed to be dismissed, came back up again briefly in 2004, then went away again.