SLAYER guitarist Kerry King has issued a personal statement in response to the controversy that arose when a photoshopped picture of Donald Trump and the members of the band appeared on their Instagram account. SLAYER frontman Tom Araya posted the image and later criticized fans who objected to the photo, saying that he “thought it was funny” and that anyone who disagrees should keep quiet. “I never would have guessed that there where so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president,” he wrote. “Like him or not he is the president.”
A SLAYER band representative told Rolling Stone that Tom took it upon himself to post the photo and stressed that the image was “not something the band would have posted if asked,” insisting that such a picture “does not belong on a SLAYER social page.” The representative added: “We all have our personal opinions, some of which we have voiced in the past, but SLAYER has never endorsed any political party or any candidate, and the band intends to keep it that way.”
The same image first appeared on the official SLAYER Instagram account on inauguration day, but was mysteriously removed before being reposted on Tuesday.
“Believe it or not, this picture was posted by me Tom Araya on 1/20 ’cause I thought it was funny,” the SLAYER frontman wrote. “I was amazed at the comments about the picture some positive some negative more amazing was in two hours there was 10,000 likes … 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 … Woke up the next morning and found someone had deleted the post … Can someone please explain why…?”
In response to the ongoing controversy, King decided to release a statement of his own via his wife’s Instagram account. He wrote Thursday night: “Ahhh, the election… This one has definitely been the most divisive and polarizing event I have ever experienced.
“My thoughts on the last few days are simple. To me, social media has more benefits than detriments. There is a gigantic upside to band social media, but band social media is just that. Not for everyone’s personal tastes. And by that, I mean that I’d rather talk face-to-face with you so that there is no misunderstanding about what either of us are saying. That’s why I don’t post on personal OR band social media. With social media, there’s too much room for misinterpretation, and we all just had a giant taste of that.