Rob Zombie “Assaulted” By Noise- Get the Facts
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about Rob Zombie’s desire to remove a skatepark in Woodbury. In a nutshell, Rob Zombie lives in suburbia on a 19-acre parcel of land that happens to back up to a public park. That park has been in existence for years. He purchased the home in 2009. For decades the children of the small town have been fighting to have a skatepark put into the park. They raised the money throughout the summer of 2012 on their own to establish a modest small skatepark in the public park. A victory for the kids and essentially a victory for the parents that helped them succeed. Woodbury is a small Connecticut town without a lot of activities for the children.
Imagine my surprise when an artist like Rob Zombie who has essentially used his creative freedom to express himself through heavy metal music and horror films decided that it was too noisy near his home because of this skatepark. It’s ironic. When the original article appeared (read it here) I merely pointed out the irony of the situation. I read the comments. I understand that people have a “right” to privacy and quiet. BUT don’t for one second deny that a man who has made his fortune rocking out on the loudest of stages and with skater kids as a bulk of his fan base isn’t guilty of being a bit of a hypocrite when he complains that the noise from a tiny skatepark is too much for him. The fact that he would call me a bitch and claim that I probably hated children (Yes, that happened via a Tweet) is hilariously funny.
Here’s the thing, I live in a condo complex. When I bought my townhouse the selling factor was that the back patio was surrounded by trees. I loved the privacy. My kid could play on the patio and I could not worry about strangers driving by staring at her. Well guess what? They cut down those trees. All of them. Was I pissed? Yes. Could the world now look into my living room? Yes. Did I call the head of the management team and ask that they be replanted? Yes. Did they do it? No. Why? Because it’s common space and they decided that those trees needed be removed. When I bought the place I knew that I didn’t own those trees. I screwed up and now I live with it. You know what I didn’t do? Get an attorney and threaten to sue. That’s exactly what Rob Zombie did. When Rob Zombie bought his home he knew it backed up to a public park. Does it suck that they put the park there and he doesn’t like it. Yes. Does he have a right to have it removed? Of course not. He’s using star power and attorney threats to get his way. Now before you go ahead and say I’m making up lies, here’s a letter from Rob Zombie’s attorney that we obtained from Town Hall via the Freedom of Information Act:
They were “assaulted by noise”? COME ON! If you don’t find the humor in that there’s something wrong with you. Near the end of the letter it says “If the Town refuses to relocate the skateboard facility, our clients will consider taking appropriate action to obtain the relief they are seeking including temporary and permanent injunctions”. Hmm… That doesn’t seem so rock n’ roll to me. I especially like the part about “Little response, if any has been made to our clients’ concerns and wishes”- Really? Not only do I have a copy of receipts of money spent by the town to modify the skatepark ($3250 if you’re wondering) but how about this chain of e-mails from Rob Zombie to Woodbury’s First Selectman Jerry Stomski:
Again, their “quality of life has really diminished”? Is that a joke? How about fact that he states that the once the kids are out of school, it’ll be “insane” because the skatepark is in their backyard. No, it’s not in your backyard. You have 19 acres of land. None of which is owned by the town. This piece of land is public property and is not your backyard. Oh, and no replies? How about this?…
STOP! Note p.s. Are you kidding me? ”I have requested that all motorized equipment used in the upper field maintenance be curtailed until late morning or early afternoon.” ?!?!?! Get out of here! He gets to dictate when the field maintenance crew does their work too? Gotta sleep late, right Rob? No time for lawn mowing “assault” on your ears.
Here is the simple explanation; Rob Zombie doesn’t like the noise the kids in the skatepark make. Throughout the entire package of materials we obtained there were memos from concerned parents about the town limiting the hours at the park and the fear that it would be closed, but no other complaining neighbors.
So, if Rob Zombie wants to call me a bitch for writing that article then fine. But as far as I’m concerned, there’s only one person who is a bitch and it’s the person who also complains about what time the town crew does their lawn work. (Eye roll) His next complaint will be about the snow plows coming too early. To all of his supporters who keep claiming that we’re lying about this, you’re right, maybe he isn’t a bitch. He’s a diva. I’m the bitch.