Tom Araya

Slayer’s Tom Araya On The Outcry From His Infamous Trump Post: “We’re A Nation Of Crybabies”


Slayer frontman/bassist Tom Araya set off a firestorm earlier this year when he posted an image of the band and U.S. President Donald Trump along with some questionable comments on Instagram. It was something the rest of the band later distanced themselves from, with guitarist Kerry King expressing his opinion on the matter. Speaking with Chilean radio station Futuro, Araya has revealed that the response to the photo blindsided him, saying of the outcry:

“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]”

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He later added:

“I didn’t realize it was gonna be the way it was, which is blown out of proportion and people saying really mean things. 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]”

[via Blabbermouth]

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