It is no longer 1975. This is the age of postmodern decadence. And, not just in Congress. Even in the small and interesting motorcycle club world.
A handful of celebrity outlaws have assumed recurring roles playing some version of themselves on television. Biker trials, like the Rock Hell Nomads trial in South Carolina, are cynically dramatized: As when the Rock Hell prosecutor advanced his case by surrounding the courthouse with Homeland Security extras. Year after year, loathsome snitches are celebrated as heroes. The chameleon like Jay Dobyns may actually end up a multimillionaire. The Harley-Davidson Motor Company makes machines that are priced to reflect their symbolic rather than their practical value.
And, now there is a social media “war” between the widely loathed Iron Order Motorcycle Club and whoever is behind a Facebook page called “IOMC SUCKS.”
The page is a social media referendum on the right of the IOMC to exist. It describes itself as a page “for people that do not support the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and feel that they are a disgrace to the Motorcycle Club Community.” In a status update on Monday morning, an administrator announced he intended “to push the shit out of this site, create more swag and continue to make fun of pussies…. This page has one goal, to hopefully spread the word about these pussies and run them off.”
The page, which currently has 2,170 likes, is notable for its contempt for the Iron Order and for its seemingly endless access to embarrassing photos of club patch holders. Very many of the photos suggest homoeroticism. The page runs a photo of a “douche of the day” everyday. Occasionally it prints photos of members of an associated club for women called the Iron Order Maidens.
According to an Iron Order memo printed on the page yesterday, the Iron Order would like to have the page taken down but “trying to report to Facebook apparently does no good.”
The Facebook page’s administrators declined to comment for this article.
Iron Order Responds
But Ray “Izod” Lubesky, the current President of the Iron Order did agree to comment. Lubesky began by conceding that “The Iron Order MC is not the most respected or liked MC in the club world for many reasons.”
Chief among those reasons is that the Iron Order has simply ignored the long established, if informal, rules followed by other three piece patch clubs.
Lubesky Says, “Our heritage and fundamental principles have put us in conflict with many clubs because of our firm stance on our rights and freedoms we have fought for and have brothers fighting for right now. Those rights and freedoms completely contradict many of the protocols and current thought process of many clubs regarding the need to ask permission to exist, wear what we wish, go where we want, have chapters where we want, and exercise all the freedoms and liberties guaranteed to us under our Constitution and other freedom loving countries around the world.”
Lubesky reckons that “it is not responsible for any group of individuals to cast dispersions on any club which in turn brings disfavor on all clubs from John Q. Public. Unfortunately the people on the Facebook page of IOMC Sucks have crossed the line many hundreds of times. They are clearly entitled to their opinion as to how we run our club or conduct our business. No MC is free from criticism for its actions and nor should they be. However no one has the right to incite violence or to put families and loved ones at risk of violence in the name of that criticism and that is exactly what the host of this site has done many times and the contributors continue to do. No one can condone those actions however we see many who not only accept it, they encourage it.”
“Thankfully, in the entire nine plus year history of the Iron Order MC,” the IOMC President continues, “we have never once had one single keyboard commando identify himself in person to us or follow through on their threats. Its also a credit to the 1% clubs who have really stayed away from these trash sites and have respected the old school rules of leaving families and children off the playing field. We have identified about 90% of the posters and we can safely say they are made up of mostly wannabe posers who either belong to small support clubs or no club and in some cases they don’t even have a motorcycle. A good percentage are bitter ex-IOMC members who are supplying the pictures and material in an effort to disparage and slander a law abiding club that does millions of dollars in charity and good work for our communities and bikers around the world. Our shame lies in ever considering such people for membership in our brotherhood in the first place. One final thought, how low have we come that we cannot face our adversaries in person and we find it comfortable to spar in cyberspace like children on a playground. You will find the IOMC brotherhood does not participate in such childish sparring matches.”