The Escapist’s W.J. Walton pointed out yet another grenade lobbed at gamers, this time by Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott in an interview with Spinner. In reference to a fan accusing Elliott of being a fraud because his band played exactly the same set across four gigs, he wrote:
So he’s a f—ing idiot. And I don’t mind saying that out loud and please print this. When somebody like him turns around and says that ‘Love Bites’ is just a “beer break,” I’m like, “Wow, you’re a moron, so don’t bother coming back to any of our shows. We don’t want people like you in our audience.”
We have to play for the majority. If we don’t play ‘Photograph’ and ‘Sugar,’ we won’t get out the building alive. And that pays our wages. Not these idiots who sit in their mother’s basement eating Doritos and playing Dungeons and Dragons all day. I’m not interested in those kind of people.
The implications are clear: Def Leppard critics, presumably the ones paying close attention to set lists, are gamers who eat junk food all day and live in their mother’s basement.
Over at Def Leppard Now, an unofficial messageboard for the band, member Krags was offended:
Well I do play D&D, I do like Doritos, but I also am happily married with kids, a very professional career, active in sports, and live a very full and positive life! So thanks for insulting me as a fan, one of my hobbies, and my favourite crisps! Tell you what Joe you can stuff your band. I ain’t buying any more of your products and certainly going to no more shows!
Member John has a different opinion:
As yet another D&D playing (currently a Level 13 Human Cleric of Bahamut ) Doritos eating (Cool Ranch please!), Def Leppard fan… I just have to say that this sort of comment didn’t bother me at all. Like the above person, I’m a normal married adult with a professional career, run a 5k at least twice a week, and blah, blah, blah. But, I can STILL laugh a bit at the stereotypical D&D playing, Doritos-eating slob that sits in his basement and only knows what girls look like naked because of the internet.
John’s point is that the D&D jab is an ongoing “nerd/slob joke” that’s been around since the 80s.
These days, my wife and I play D&D with two doctors, one of their wives, and a couple of their kids. None of us are those nerds any more — but we’ll still poke fun (at ourselves) with D&D-player jokes now and then. It’s just a joke. I don’t feel “insulted as a fan.”
Would any Def Leppard fans who are also gamers like to weigh in?