The video for Korn's new single "Spike in My Vein" makes a rather heavy-handed comment about celebrity culture, juxtaposing video of news reports about Edward Snowden and the NSA with paparazzi footage of Justin Bieber and music videos like Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
The point, of course, is that America pays too much attention to one and not the other. But singer Jonathan Davis took this point to its logical conclusion when speaking to a TMZ cameraman at LAX yesterday. In the short "interview," Davis says that when Cyrus' performance at the VMAs "went down, Barack Obama passed a law that made him basically a dictator. He can imprison whoever he wants and he doesn't have to charge them. [He] can hold them as long as he wants." He also cited Bieber and Kanye West as stars whose lives distract us from what the government is doing.
So, is Davis right? In short: Not really. It seems as if he is referring to Guantanamo Bay, and though Obama has moved to close the Cuban military jail on multiple occasions, it does continue to hold prisoners who have yet to be charged. That said, it doesn't appear that the law Davis is referring to exists at all. The 2013 VMAs were held on August 25, and according to WhiteHouse.gov, no legislation was signed by Obama in the period between August 9 and September 18.
In summation: Look to other places besides the lead singer of Korn and TMZ for your political news.