This Popular Viral Video Is Really Cool, Except for One Thing


Ever wonder what would happen if you got some Finnish musicians together, handed them instruments from the American mountain music/bluegrass genre, and told them to jam to some classics of heavy metal?

Well, you can stop wondering -- what you'd get is Steve'n'Seagulls (, a group out of Finland whose covers of "The Trooper" (originally by Iron Maiden) and "Holy Diver" (originally by DIO) have become very popular on music blogs and social media. 

Close your eyes and listen to the music -- you might really enjoy it. There's no denying these guys are doing something innovative and fun -- musically. But we have a feeling many ICTMN readers will be less thrilled about the video.

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Submitted by RobynL on
Whether they are deliberate or not, moments of insult are opportunities to educate. I believe that most people who are taught a little understanding behave more respectfully moving forward. I would send them a note or make a call and explain what that war bonnet means to Native Americans and why. Hopefully they would in turn make a statement of respect or understanding. We can’t make everyone buy into our cultural beliefs. No matter how much we educate, scream at, or protest against something that harm’s those beliefs, there will still be those few people who work to throw misery back at us? They will continue to behave in ignorance because that is what they will – willful ignorance, and there is nothing we can do to fight that. On the other side though, symbols like military medals, crosses or feathers are still things. We did not create the feather or the metal, we borrow them too. They are not the feelings of honour and respect that fill our hearts, but the symbols we chose to emblemize that.