When I was a teenager in the 90s (oh God, this sounds lame), I wore a lot of band T-shirts. I had at least three different Nirvana shirts, which I now wished I kept, as they are cool again. But I wasn’t just wearing T-shirts for the trend. I was a real fan.
But when you’re a girl and a real fan, sometimes you get questioned. It’s obnoxious—and it still happens even in 2021.
Now, though, there are great ways to respond to trolls on social media.
TikToker Zaria Joyner recently responded to a troll questioning her Metallica fandom by busting out a guitar and actually playing some Metallica songs, which is so f***ing metal.
North Carolina-based musician and singer Joyner posted a few TikTok videos on her account in which she is wearing various Metallica T-shirts. And because a young woman can’t possibly like Metallica, trolls like user paytonnsmith probably thought he was being clever by asked Joyner to “Name 3 Metallica songs.” Behold! A man has entered the room and feels the need to uphold his hegemony!
Well, Joyner, 21, had the best response. Instead of just naming three Metallica songs, she pulled out her guitar and started shredding “Master of Puppets,” “Enter Sandman,” and the guitar lead in “One.”
Joyner told The Daily Dot that she “decided to respond to that comment because I’ve been a Metallica fan for such a long time but I’d never showed that side of me on TikTok. I’ve been a self-taught guitarist since 15 and Metallica was the band that influenced me to pick it up and inspired my journey with music.”
@zariasmusicReply to @paytonnsmith you’re a troll lil man the whole point was whether or not I knew any Metallica songs not whether or not I could play them on 🎸♬ original sound – Zaria
Then, the nail in the coffin: Metallica responded.
Now, Joyner is “taking requests I guess.” And the paytonnsmith account has been deleted or made private. Joyner says it might be from “all of the people tagging him and denouncing the comment.”
“I really just thought it would be funny and I didn’t expect the response that the video received,” Joyner said. She also adds that “the supportive comments just kept rolling in.”
Keep rocking on, Zaria!
Lead image: TikTok/@zariasmusic
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