Dino Cazares

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Speaks Of Racist Backlash He’s Faced After His Donald Trump Comments


Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares recently waded into politics and wound up painting a rather large target on his back for the kind of backlash that unfortunately follows in these modern times. Speaking with Sticks For Stones, he jokingly remarked that he would leave the U.S. if presidential candidate Donald Trump gets elected:

“The closest thing I like is Bernie Sanders. But we have a kook running for president, Donald Trump. If Donald Trump actually gets elected I’m moving to Australia. If he’s elected president we are going to have a lot of issues in America. He’s already getting death threats, I don’t know if you know that? They arrested some guy who sent him a death threat on Facebook like an idiot.

Who knows what going to happen? He doesn’t like Muslims, he doesn’t like Mexicans, and he doesn’t like the foreigners. It’s just going to cause a war, it’s going to cause a lot of tension between Americans and other parts of the country. He is definitely going to get death threats, someone’s going to try assassinate him here. I’m surprised that was the first one that come out, there might be a bunch of other ones already that we don’t know about yet.”

Speaking of the aftermath he has faced since making those comments, he recently told

“…I was extremely surprised at how many racist comments I was reading because I’m of Mexican descent. You know, I’m an American, I was born in the United States, I pay taxes just like everybody else and a lot of people were saying ‘leave, Donald Trump is gonna build a wall so your people won’t come into America’ a lot of people were saying ‘get the fuck out of here, beaner’ – beaner is a bad word, a racial word to use against Hispanics.

I was reading a lot of that stuff and I was like ‘wow’ a lot of this racial tension has come about because of my Mexican descent. I was just really surprised, like wow, people actually took this joking thing I said so seriously. And it seemed like all the Donald Trump supporters came out, so ahh, it was pretty gut-wrenching to read those racist comments about me, you know what I mean? About Hispanics who live in America.

Racism really seems to be coming out of the woodwork now, and you have people like Donald Trump who are provoking that. I’m not saying that he is saying it straight up, but he is, pretty much, provoking it. So it’s definitely getting these people out of the woodwork – and it’s definitely evident by reading those comments. But at the same time, you kind of have to blame the media for wording it the way they word.

It provokes people to be like that, the way the media translates it, the way they put it. I’m a victim of clickbait, they call it clickbait. Clickbait means how many people they can get to click on their website over controversial statements, or the way they make it sound more controversial than what it is – just so they can make money off advertising off their site.”

He continued:

“…It almost seems like, me being Hispanic means I need to, almost, keep my mouth shut. Because who knows what might happen to me if these sorts of people find out that I’m Hispanic. I’m not saying that I’m gonna die a martyr or something as stupid like that. I’m just saying that people are actually taking this pretty seriously and who knows. Some crazy person out there could attempt to do something crazy to me.

Look, it’s happened to other artists before, look at Dimebag Darrell. He got shot because of something that was exaggerated in the media from what Phil Anselmo said. So who knows what could happen out there? There are artists out there who take this very seriously. Look at Robb Flynn, he made a video about the comments that Phil Anselmo said – he put himself out there, and that’s very dangerous.

It’s dangerous out here, how people in America will take anything that anyone says and who knows what could happen. Somebody could get beat up, somebody could get shot, somebody could get killed. I mean it scares me to be even talking about this to you right now.”

Speaking of the more extreme reaction he got in comparison to other artists who have spoken out against Trump, he stated:

“I’ve heard other artists talk about how they are not for Donald Trump. I’ve heard Corey Taylor mention it, I’ve heard Dave Mustaine mention the political races going on, and I’ve never heard anything like that on any of the stuff that they wrote. People were obviously for Donald Trump and were against Bernie Sanders and blah blah blah, but me because I’m Hispanic it got very racial, you know? And I didn’t notice that with Dave Mustaine’s comments or Corey Taylor’s comments.”

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