Slayer frontman Tom Araya, speaking with a Chilean radio station, referred to his controversial Instagram post from a few months ago in a new interview. Tom says the whole thing was a joke but so many got offended and ruined his fun.
Araya was referring to a post from earlier this year where he shared an old photo of Slayer with Donald Trump photoshopped next to them throwing up the horns. Someone in the band took the post down and Araya eventually re-posted it and called those who were offended “snowflakes”.
“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]”
“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.”
“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]“
There are differing schools of thoughts on politics and music. Music by nature is inherently political, but you’re only going to piss off a segment of your audience by posting about politics online… so don’t be mad when people are angry at you. This goes for any side of an issue you are on.