“I don’t ever want our fans to feel like we’re judging them because of color, religion, culture, upbringing, etc. We welcome everyone, we always have and we always will”. These are the words that Slipknot‘s frontman Corey Taylor told The Guardian when asked about racism in the metal community and Phil Anselmo‘s Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash.
Although Taylor did not mention directly Pantera‘s former lead singer, he spoke about the broader issue of racism and how Slipknot have always tried to bring people together.
“This is a bigger problem than what happened that night,” the singer said. “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 color of their skin. If that in itself offends some of my fans, then I’m sorry, you’re wrong”.
Taylor also stated that, being the metal community “the island of misfit toys”, eliminating racism from it should not be very difficult. Indeed he said: “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. We welcome the tribe of misfits – we’re the island of misfit toys, and we always have been. It will take very little to eradicate racism from metal because the majority of it isn’t racist”.