Corey Taylor: ‘There’s a Battle for the Soul’ of the Country
Those who've followed Corey Taylor are quite aware that the Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist isn't the biggest fan of the current administration. While he has been vocal on his displeasure for Donald Trump, in a recent discussion with Australia's Music Feeds, he also spoke about the cultural divide going on in the U.S. as a result of a number of hot button topics.
In the midst of a discussion about his homeland, Taylor explained after calling Trump the "giant orange elephant" in the room, "It’s a very crazy time in my country, to be honest. When people are dutifully cutting up their Nike’s, be them shoes or socks, in protest and yet they’re doing it to spite people who they think are insulting veterans and yet they can’t be bothered to actually take all those things and give them to veterans who need socks, who need shoes, who need clothing. I think there’s just, there’s a cultural flux going on in America right now. I think there’s a battle for, and I don’t want to say supremacy because the pun would just be brutal there, but there’s a battle for the soul of what we as Americans would like our country to stand for."
Taylor challenges the idea of the U.S. being the "freest country in the world," stating, "That’s just not true. We are seeing a certain type of fascism coming in, and playing itself out. Now, while more and more people are starting to wake up to the fact that it is an absolute sham in the White House, there are still people who are clinging to that rhetoric like there’s no tomorrow."
He continues, "Horrible things are happening in the name of that rhetoric, to people innocent, guilty, doesn’t matter. It’s happening for terrible reasons, racist reasons and completely imbecilic reasons. I think just the whole country is pretty fucked up right now."
Taylor says he finds himself empathizing with those victimized, but also being stigmatized just by being a white male. "It’s hard to keep your objectivity when so many people are throwing their unbridled opinion at you, constantly instead of looking at it from the standpoint of how do we heal these wounds and make things better for us. Not for just individuals but for us."
Taylor also spoke on being one of the more vocal artists in music when it comes to discussing his politics, and offers his theory on why more artists don't speak up. "I think more people would if there was a better way to guarantee that they could make money at what we do. But sadly there’s not, you know. To me a lot of this, a lot of the reasons why people feel like they can just go as unchecked as they can, is because of social media, which is also one of the reasons why it makes it very hard for a musician to actually make a living these days. It’s because of social media, it’s because of the streaming and because of this and because of that. It’s kind of the wild west right now. When people see that there’s only certain ways that they can actually make money, it makes them kind of reticent to speak their minds."
Taylor says he's always been independent enough not to worry too much about what others think. "I’ve been an American longer than I’ve been a musician," says Taylor. "The minute I start dancing around for people’s fucking approval is the minute that I fucking quit because then it’s not about how I feel. It’s about how they feel. I’d rather live my life than theirs."
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