Jay Pegg - Ben Folds and Roller Derby
15. June 2014 16:06
So as some of you may have heard, Ben Folds played two nights with the Kansas City Symphony orchestra at the Kaufmann Centre's Helzberg Hall and in his June 11th show he announced to the audience, in a way to try and make the symphony sound hip he came out with the immortal line "You have a better chance of getting laid by taking a date to the symphony than to the roller derby." Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, there were members of the Kansas City Roller Warriors in the audience and an ex-derby player on stage. (Coincidentally this is the same symphony that my wife was asked to try out for - and yes, the fact that I said try out rather than audition shows just how pervasive derby is in our lives). And if that wasn't enough, the show was also picketed by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church for some hugely obscure reason which nobody cares about and so we shan't mention them again.
After the show there was much outrage shown by the KC derby community - bearing in mind there are three teams here that have probably over 300 skaters in total between them, with comments and reposts appearing all across social media. In particular, KCRW's Shady O'Dread took to the Twitterverse and Facebook posting, amongst other things, "I very much enjoyed your plug to support the symphony (I attend regularly), but my jaw dropped when you said taking a date to the symphony is better than taking a date to roller derby (to paraphrase). Would you like to meet some derby girls and find out that we can be cultured, too? If you can't make it to the Kansas City Roller Warriors practice tonight, can you make it to the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association's World Championships hosted by your home town team the Nashville Rollergirls October 31-November 2 2014? That should give you time to plan and redeem yourself to all your adoring rollergirl fans".
To his credit, Ben soon publicly apologized and then had this little bit of magic happen in his show the next day which is really quite awesome which he even allowed to be recorded.
So what did we learn? Firstly, all that stuff about actions and unintended consequences, but mainly DON'T PISS OFF A ROLLERGIRL!