While Pinnick Seeks Answers…
January 1, 1999
Mark Joseph's article [4.4] reflected the Doug Pinnick I've come to know since interviewing him in 1994. Ever since the Dogman album, Doug has been nothing if not honest. When I saw that he had publicly outed himself, my first thought was, "Oh no, this could be disastrous." Worrying about the fickle nature of the Christian public, not to mention the unfortunate tendency of some Christians to shoot their wounded, I was fearful that many Christian King's X fans would turn on Doug in an outpouring of disappointment and condemnation.
In fact, King's X's Christian distributor did drop the band after reading the article in which Pinnick detailed his struggles with homosexuality. Bill Conine, president of Diamante Music Group, said that after confirming the article's authenticity with the band's label, Metal Blade, Diamante felt it could not continue distributing King's X's music since Pinnick forsakes a lifestyle of abstinence, a position incompatible with the lifestyle Diamante's buyers believe in.
But Conine registers no delight, much less condemnation, in his decision. Nor do the reactions of Doug's fans in the Christian arena. Of more than 100 posts on the Internet newsgroup rec.music.christian, the majority registered a tone of sorrow mixed with concern for Doug's welfare.
Another post read: "I don't agree with what he is doing or condone it in any way. Drop your rocks and drop to your knees."
King's X fans are certainly a different breed than the average CCM crowd, but the RQ story had a high volatility quotient. There was plenty of reason to think it might engender similar responses as those seen on the old King's X mailing list after Ear Candy came out in 1996, when many Christian fans were sorely disappointed.
And no doubt, ...