A married couple, Mike
and Lara Crossley
, were refused an apartment after the landlord discovered one of them played in a heavy metal band.
The landlady, Suzanne
, verbally agreed to let the couple have the apartment, but looked them up online and changed her mind when she found that Mike played bass in the band Vilipend
Suzanne wrote an email to explain: "We were quite ready to make a decision in your favour the other night. However, upon investigation of the band Vilipend, it has brought forward some concerns for us.
"We are uncomfortable with the energy that this music manifests.
Mike can't believe the landlady would judge him based on his taste of music, but says it highlights the reality faced by other minorities every day in an interview with Classic Rock
"The point is not that a couple of twenty-somethings missed out on a decent apartment,
" he said. "If Lara and I were discriminated against as a dual full-time income, caucasian, middle-class, heterosexual couple with good references and credit checks, imagine the difficult somebody who doesn't have those advantages must experience.
Mike recommends the documentary "Metal: a Headbanger's Journey
" to anyone who doesn't truly understand the reality of being a metal fan.
"We fear what we don't understand. The world is full of closed minds,
" Mike adds. "I hope we can help to open even one by bringing this scenario to light and by showing ourselves to be satisfactory human beings.
You can read Lara's side of the story, and her email reply to the landlady, on her blog