YUZIMA calls out MSNBC commentator for Artist Shaming
NYC noise-lord YUZIMA and regular MSNBC commentator Jason Johnson locked horns on Twitter yesterday, In what turned out to be a two-day twitter brawl. The conflict started when Yuzima strongly defended Robert De Niro's, now famous, "f*ck Trump" statement criticising Jason's attempt to minimize the protest on Hardball with Chris Matthews, where he stated that the protest was a waste because it didn't make any real change like changing votes. YUZIMA took to Twitter, directly tagging him, saying he is easily led by hosts and asking "what did Robert De Niro do wrong," while calling him "a spineless commentator." While the argument could have ended there, Jason insisted on replying (even making fun of Yuzima's name) keeping it going for two days. Finally, out of nowhere, Jason attacked YUZIMA's music with a particularly low blow saying "If you were as dedicated to your music as you are to pointless Twitter spats you'd be more successful." Which is a lot—coming from a paid major news commentator. Yuzima didn't back down, calling him a "soft fascist" with a "lack of character" and the final, "I've gotten more acclaim as an indie musician than you as a wannabe, whatever you are." Jason finally went silent after two days.
Yuzima says, "It was never meant to be personal, just political, but he took it to a personal artistic level. The music industry is very difficult and you have to be a fighter. The last thing you need is a political flunky treating your art like it's less than because they're just trying to get a dig in, unfortunately, people do it a lot."
YUZIMA is currently promoting his latest LP, the Trump bashing, 'POWER,' released through Amuse. 'POWER' has been featured over a dozen times on blogs from Impose Magazine, where he was called "noise-lord," to Audiofuzz who called him a "tremendous musician." NPR writer "Litsa Dremousis called it "powerful as hell." Yuzima also has been given a thumbs up by Marky Ramone of the Ramones, and blogs like Afropunk. Stream "POWER" below on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, and Tidal.