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Slayer’s Tom Araya attacks ‘snowflakes’ who can’t handle his pro-Trump post

'Like him or not he is our president.'

 

Tess Cagle

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Published Jan 25, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:25 am CDT

Slayer’s lead singer Tom Araya took to Instagram to let ”snowflakes” know just how he feels about their negative reactions to his President Trump post. He doesn’t say he voted Trump, but claims to have used the stunt to intentionally anger his fans.

Araya posted a digitally altered photo of the metal band with Trump on the band’s Instagram account Monday evening. He said he originally posted it on Jan. 20 but woke up the next morning to see that it had been taken down.

“I was amazed at the comments about the picture some positive some negative more amazing was in 2 hours there was 10,000 likes,” he wrote. “But I never would have guessed that there were so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president. Like him or not he is the president.”  

Almost 200,000 fans commented on the post, at press time. Many were appalled that the band would show support of the newly elected president, while others displayed support for Araya’s post.

Araya made a final comment on his Instagram, thanking commenters for engaging with his post all the same.

“Thanks for insight… this is how fake news gets started, not once did I say that I supported trump,” he wrote. “Assuming I speak for the band you are mistaking .. the picture did exactly what I thought it would do… piss some of you off.”

Araya personally responded to other comments. One user, @Zogar77, commented, “I’d be more worried about Mike Pence, if he gets his way he’d ban heavy metal and anyone that’s different.” Araya responded to the user with laughing emoji and said “Mike Pence turning fruits into vegetables.”

Michael Nelson from Stereogum pointed out that “turning fruits into vegetables” was presumably a joke about Pence’s support of gay conversion therapy. @Zogar77 responded to Araya, saying “I happen to be gay… so fuck you and your fruits to vegetables comment.” 

Fans on Twitter responded to his post as well. Many compared Araya’s Instagram post to Metallica’s guitarist, Kirk Hammett, who posted a lengthy response to President Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

Araya took it upon himself to respond to some of the critics in the comments. In one comment, he shared the definition of a “snowflake,” according to Urban Dictionary.

“An overly sensitive person, incapable of dealing with any opinions that differ from their own,” he commented. “These people can often be seen congregating in ‘safe zones’ on college campuses.”

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2017, 3:02 pm CST