Disclaimer: this article mentions Zoophilia and other fetishes. If this would upset you in any way, I do advise that you wait. No, there won't be explicit pictures.
A little bit of background, first. Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows is a "neoclassical darkwave, dark folk, neo-Medieval, and Gothic rock" band (if Wikipedia is to be believed) whose lyrics are range from spooky to creepy to makes-my-skin-crawl uncomfortable, with a few songs about loss in there somewhere. The vocals are done by Anna-Varney Cantodea. Due to unfortunate circumstances, her childhood was a less than happy one, with rumors of abuse and beatings going around, which has left her with a bad taste in her mouth in regards to humans. Because she dislikes humans so much, she refuses to do live performances or even meet her fans, but lives a relatively isolated existence. So, what did she do to piss people off? Apparently, Goths are none too pleased with people who support and condone beastiality.
Try as I might, my readers, I could not find a single person who has a screen cap of the incident itself. What happened apparently was that Anna-Varney made some sort of pro-beastiality comment on her Facebook page, which made a lot of people very angry and forced Facebook to shut her page down. I'm not entirely sure if this was her saying that she participated in it or if she was just saying "whatever you wanna do, do it," but that's okay. Even on the non-official pages people, former fans mostly, were leaving nasty messages and claiming that she was abusing the animals and that they thought that her lyrics about fetishistic subject were joking.
Yes, you read that right. She's mentioned this before. My favorite, proud example of her more controversial and fetishistic songs include The Urine Song (lyrics), an amusing romp. Of course, this does not satisfy some critics, who say that a urine fetish is not the same as a beastiality one because beastiality cannot be consensual. If consent is, as I have heard it described, "nothing less than a sober, enthusiastic yes" then it hardly seems that beastiality can be consensual. None the less, people who support this sexual style say that you can tell when an animal does and does not want it. Anna-Varney is a committed vegan and empathizes with animals more than humans. If you were to say that her condoning beastiality was animal abuse, she would probably be more than a bit upset.
As it stands currently, beastiality is illegal in 32 states of the USA and in many countries. I'm not entirely sure about where Anna-Varney lives, but perhaps it is a legal practice there. Of course, if Facebook is banning it because it is illegal, then why do I have friends who have "liked" Facebook groups about Marijuana use? It's illegal too, here, anyway. What makes it different?
Well, lets not beat about the bush. Zoophilia in all forms has been practiced for a very long time. In the eighteenth century you can find art from Asia that depicts women having sex with octopuses, from Europe you have tales of men having sex with sheep. It is not a new phenomenon. Then again, many things that we now frown upon were ancient traditions, so that doesn't concern it really. Anna-Varney's condoning of the sexualization of animals is not that unusual in the modern day, either. I won't post any links, but a simple Google search can turn up many articles, forum discussions, and groups that support the practice of beastiality and are willing to share their experiences. And you know what the great thing is? These fetishists, like all others, are people too. They aren't scary or unusual, they're perfectly respectful, they're just like me and you. Despite popular portrayals of Zoophiles as sexually deprived, these people's beastiality is just one aspect of their lives, and a lot of them have human partners as well. Perhaps these groups will soon redefine our concept of consent. Well, not is PETA gets to them, anyway.
As far as I am concerned, it is not my responsibility as a fan to try to A) teach Anna-Varney a moral lesson about animal abuse, B) judge her on the things she posts on her Facebook, or C) change my opinion about her music because of something she, as a person, said. I, as a fan of her music, just like the songs, and if she happens to use the money I pay for her music to support a lifestyle that includes condoning beastiality, that's not really my concern. I'm not a vegan, nor am I vegetarian, I routinely participate in a meat industry that is less than kind to animals, so I'm hardly a moral authority on the subject of animal abuse. Would I have sex with my cats? Not at all, but nor would I presume to judge people on their sexual preferences, which can't really be helped.
And you know what Anna-Varney thinks of all these opinions? Yours? Mine? She doesn't give one single fuck, and is off baking cookies like a boss. Yeah. She's that cool. I'm not that cool though, and I care about your opinions. Go ahead and share what you think of this development as well as anything you know about it down in my comments section.