Just what line we don’t know. But according to a cryptic email sent to members of his mailing list this week, Derek Webb has apparently pushed the envelope a little too far for Christian label INO Records. Here’s the email in its entirety:
i haven’t sent many personal emails to this email list but we’re in a situation that has gotten a little out of control and it’s time to fill you in. as some of you may know, i’ve been working for months on my new record, ‘stockholm syndrome’, which i’ve recently finished and turned in to the record label. they’ve been very supportive over the years, but this time we didn’t get the response we expected. it seems i’ve finally found the line beyond which my label can support me, and apparently i’ve crossed it.
i consider this my most important record and am adamant about all of you hearing it. we had originally hoped to have ‘stockholm syndrome’ out this month (next week even), but at this point we’re not sure when the record will come out and in what form. the majority of the controversy is surrounding one song, which i consider to be among the most important songs on the record. so we’ve decided it’s an appropriate time to break the rules.
but because of various legal/publishing issues we’re having to be rather careful with how we do what we’re going to do next. that’s really all i can say for now and i’ve probably said too much.
we have a plan and we’re moving ahead, but we’re not sure what kind of trouble we might be getting into. we’ll let you know as soon as we know our next move-
There is some speculation that the controversy might be over some strong language on the album. The web domain www.giveashit.org is registered to Webb, and it’s conceivable that the song in question may be related in some way. And while we’re dumping fuel on the fire of rampant speculation, knowing Webb’s outspokenness on social justice issues, it also may be in reference to a famous quote by pastor/sociologist Tony Campolo.
“I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.”
Whatever the case, my curiosity is officially piqued.