In a new interview with Chilean radio station Futuro, SLAYER frontman Tom Araya said that the United States Of America has become “a nation of crybabies”.
Back in January, some SLAYER fans got mad when a photoshopped picture of Donald Trump and the members of the band appeared on their Instagram account. Band’s frontman Tom Araya posted the picture, who called people who were upset by it “snowflakes” in the post.
Araya spoke out about the controversy surrounding his decision to post the Trump photo to Futuro (head audio below): “That’s what America has become. It’s become a bunch of people that… because they didn’t get their way, they’re mad. I shared a picture that I thought was funny. They can’t even joke. They can’t even laugh at themselves. They can’t even have fun. And that just is amazing that it’s come to that. We’re a nation of crybabies. [Laughs]”
Regarding how he came to post the picture in the first place, Araya said: “Someone has sent it to my wife on her page. She showed it to me. I laughed. I thought it was funny. And I thought it was funny because of all the rhetoric that Donald Trump is getting and how everybody hates him. And I decided to post the picture. I knew that some people wouldn’t like it. You have to do that, though, you know what I mean? I’m in SLAYER [laughs], and being in SLAYER, sometimes you do stuff like that just to piss people off. [Laughs]”
He continued: “”I didn’t realize it was gonna be the way it was, which is blown out of proportion and people saying really mean things,” he said. “I’m amazed. I was just amazed at the response, as far as people thinking it’s funny and they thought it was great and they support Trump, and other people that didn’t like it, they thought it was ugly and they can’t believe that I support Trump. [Laughs] I don’t even support Trump. I didn’t vote for Trump and I didn’t vote for Hillary [Clinton]. Those are two people that are the furthest from… that I would ever vote for. I was taken aback by the response and how people reacted. But it was all in fun. It was all to make people laugh, ’cause I thought it was funny. And also to piss some people off. I just didn’t realize that I was gonna piss so many SLAYER fans off. [Laughs]”
Listen to entire chat below:
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