February 11, 2016


Slipknot's Corey Taylor Discusses Combating Racism in Metal

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Victor Chavez/WireImage

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is not one to shy away from questions, no matter how uncomfortable. It's the same mentality that helped him to reveal he listens to Babymetal and 5 Seconds of Summer (perhaps not the most hardcore thing in the world but very, very cool) and it's the same that makes him unafraid to talk about a problem plaguing metal music: Racism.

In a new interview withthe Guardian, Taylor answers a series of fan questions. Things get really good when a readers asks the singer about the recent controversy surrounding Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo. The guy found himself in a lot of trouble after ending a gig with a Nazi salute and shouting "white power." 

Here's Corey Taylor's response:

"I've been watching this all and I’ve kept mum for the most part, because I wasn’t there. So I don’t know the background on what happened, I haven’t seen the video of it—though I’ve been told by many people that it’s blatant, and there’s no way to misrepresent what was done.

I will say this. This is a bigger problem than what happened that night. Slipknot has dedicated itself to bringing people together, to fighting racism, to fighting hate in general since the day we were started. I don’t have time for people who judge other people by the colour of their skin. If that in itself offends some of my fans, then I’m sorry, you’re wrong. I don’t ever want our fans to feel like we’re judging them because of colour, religion, culture, upbringing, etc. We welcome everyone, we always have and we always will.

I know there is a problem in metal, and it all comes down to, at least in America, where you grow up and what that culture is passed on from: parents, family members, friends, adults. It’s a generational thing. I thought we were close to phasing it out, but unfortunately I was proven wrong. So I just dedicate myself to fighting it. It’s across the board in music, though—it’s not a specifically metal thing. But it has come up in the metal community. It’s risen its ugly head because of the incident we’re talking about.

But I’ve not only played a lot of metal shows, I’ve been to a lot of metal shows, and I know for a fact they are quite diverse and they always have been. We welcome the tribe of misfits—we’re the island of misfit toys, and we always have been. It will take very little to eradicate racism from metal because the majority of it isn’t racist."

Read the full interview here, then take our quiz: Is This A Horror Movie Character or Metal Musician?