I’M A POSER: A Rebuttal to “Punk Is Not a Vehicle for Suburban Nostalgia”

This piece is a rebuttal to Brandi Lawson’s CLASH essay “Punk Is Not A Vehicle For Suburban Nostalgia”, which was a response to Charles Ray Hastings Jr.’s CLASH essay, “HIP HOP IS REALITY AND ART, PUNK ROCK IS A VEHICLE FOR SUBURBAN NOSTALGIA.”

Brandi really opened my eyes to a lot with her poignant, sometimes aloof, but relentlessly gracious piece of writing. In response, I wrote this self-diss track to out myself on all of my posing ways. I am not, in fact, a human. Lyrics to the self-diss track are below:

I’m a poser. I pose as a human being.

I’m a poser. I’m an alien queen.

I’m a poser. I created Tumblr for micro-aggression.

I’m a poser. I write an essay about me.

punk will always be behind the times.

punk will still be drunk at best.

I wrote this song to sing about it.

I’m a punk at it’s last caress. That’s a misfits reference, I guess.

I’m a poser. Will my friends find out?

I’m a poser. Am I gay, liberal, or ugly?

I’m a poser. My experiences don’t empower me.

I’m a poser for my involvement in the scene.

punk will always be behind the times.

punk will still be drunk at best.

I wrote this song to sing about it.

I’m a punk at it’s last caress. That’s a misfits reference, I guess.


I’m sorry for posing.
I’m a poser. I pose as a human being.

Listen to “I’m A Poser” by Charles Ray Hastings Jr. below: