Corey Taylor Talks Racism - Noise11.com
Slipknot. Photo by Ros O'Gorman.

Slipknot. Photo by Ros O'Gorman.

Corey Taylor Talks Racism

by Music-News.com on February 12, 2016

in News

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor concedes racism is a “big problem” within the metal community, following rocker Phil Anselmos recent Nazi salute controversy.

Down singer Anselmo caused a stir last month (Jan16), when he gave the hand motion during a concert, and shouted “white power” from the stage, prompting fans and peers to gang up on the rocker, who has since apologised for his ill-advised actions.

And now Slipknot star Taylor is opening up about the incident, and while he assures his fans they won’t see his band in a similar situation, he acknowledges racism is a prominent issue within the community.

“This is a bigger problem than what happened that night,” Taylor tells the U.K.’s The Guardian. “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.”

He adds, “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.”

But Taylor insists there is hope that one day prejudice will be absent from not only the metal community, but all genres, saying, “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.

“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….It will take very little to eradicate racism from metal because the majority of it isn’t racist.”

Meanwhile, Anselmo offered to step down as his band’s frontman in the midst of the controversy, especially after promoters in Europe and Down’s hometown New Orleans, Louisiana, cancelled gigs in the wake of the white supremacy outburst.
“I’ve privately suggested to them (bandmates) that they move on without me,” he wrote in a post to his official website. “My bandmates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me.”

Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio

Related Posts

Corey Taylor
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Very Ill With Covid-19

Corey Taylor has tested positive for Covid-19.

August 23, 2021
Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue, Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, Photo
Nikki Sixx Brings His All-Star Friends Together As Artists For Recovery

Nikki Sixx has gathered up Corey Taylor, Joe Elliott, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody, Slash, AWOLNATION and Tommy Vext for Artists For Recovery.

August 21, 2020
Corey Taylor
Corey Taylor Wants His Solo Music To Piss Fans Off

Corey Taylor - who is best known for being the frontman of Slipknot and Stone Sour - is branching out into solo projects with the upcoming release of his debut solo album 'CMFT', and has said he's eager to make music that "pretentious pricks can't understand".

August 17, 2020
Corey Taylor
Corey Taylor Confirms Stone Sour Are On Hold

The Slipknot frontman has revealed his other band Stone Sour has "kinda run its course now" and he is instead focusing on Slipknot and his recently launched debut solo project.

August 11, 2020
Corey Taylor
Corey Taylor Concerned For Kanye West Mental Well-Being

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is growing increasingly concerned about Kanye West's mental wellbeing.

August 4, 2020
Corey Taylor
Slipknot and Stone Sour Frontman Corey Taylor To Release His First Solo Album

Corey Taylor of both Slipknot and Stone Sour will release his debut solo album in October.

July 30, 2020
John 5
John 5 Brings Out Michael Anthony, Corey Taylor and Fred Coury for Whiskey A Go Go Supergroup

Former Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 had an instant supergroup at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood last week.

April 16, 2019