Last night, quote tweeting a NowThis video of a “far-right extremist” attempting to attack a synagogue, Taylor wrote: “This- right here- is why prejudice, racism and ignorant hate will always just be different ways of saying and meaning FUCKING DUMBASS.”
Then, after retweeting a link to a USA Today story about a Florida educator who refused to call the Holocaust a “factual, historical event,” Taylor responded bluntly: “I’m gonna say this for the fuckers in the back: JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T BELIEVE SOMETHING IS REAL, THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT ISN’T REAL. Denying things like the Holocaust. slavery, etc is a travesty to the memory of the survivors and disrespectful to the people who fought for them.”
Taylor is already on the record as a relatively woke member of the notoriously un-woke metal community. Back in 2016, when a Gawker writer implied that “the face of resurgent mainstream white hatred in the United States” might listen to Slipknot, Taylor objected; we interviewed the Slipknot frontman in the wake of that controversy, discussing social media, politics, and pervasive stereotypes about metal fans.