“#Tom Morello responds to fan just realizing Rage Against the Machine is political”
June 10, 2020 | 11:20pm
The fan, Scott Casteneda, seemingly just realized he had been listening to one of the most popular political rock groups all along when he tweeted at Morello Tuesday night to keep his mouth shut.
“I used to be a fan until your political opinions came out. Music is my sanctuary and the last thing I want to hear is political BS when I’m listening to music,” Casteneda wrote before deleting his account.
“As far as I’m concerned you and Pink are completely done. Keep running your mouth and ruining your fan base.”
The band began trending on the social media site overnight after Morello responded directly to the criticism.
“Scott!! What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T contain ‘political BS’? I need to know so I can delete it from the catalog,” Morello wrote.
Morello would have to stretch back to the band’s inception, when its debut 1992 album went triple platinum thanks to their hit protest song against police brutality, “Killing in the Name.” The album’s artwork famously featured a photo of a Buddhist monk lighting himself on fire in protest.
Scott!! What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T contain “political BS”? I need to know so I can delete it from the catalog. https://t.co/AMpmjx6540
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) June 9, 2020
The exchange prompted thousands of replies and jokes referencing the group’s obviously political band name and song titles.
“i too enjoy the band Rage Alongside The Machine,” Sean Gentille tweeted.
“Take the Power Back is actually about recharging batteries,” another added, referencing RATM’s 1991 demo track.
Casteneda attempted to clarify his tweet to the Detroit Metro Times, saying he knew the band was political, but that they had gotten too political for his liking.
“I understand they’ve always been political, but it’s getting worse and worse and worse,” Castaneda told the outlet.
“That’s where I’m trying to get at. The whole thing is to the point where I’m ready to cancel out Facebook, Twitter, everything else. I don’t even want to listen to this stuff anymore. So, no, I haven’t checked my Twitter account. I rarely go on Twitter.”
Casteneda has since deleted his account.
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