RATM’s Tom Morello: ‘Buying ‘Killing In The Name’ is a vote against The X Factor’

Guitarist says Facebook campaign is a 'wonderful dose of anarchy'

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has praised the Facebook campaign to get the band’s ‘Killing In The Name’ to the top of the UK singles chart ahead of The X Factor winner Joe McElderry.

Morello said that by buying ‘Killing In The Name’, fans are effectively voting against The X Factor and other reality TV programmes like it.

“The one thing about The X Factor show, much like our own American Idol, is if you’re a viewer of the show you get to vote for one contestant or the other, but you don’t really get to vote against the show itself until now,” he told BBC 6Music.


He added that he felt the campaign – which currently has over 800,000 members on Facebook – was a “wonderful dose of anarchy” and “heart-warming”.

Speaking of the impact the campaign seems to be having, Morello said: “[The] rebel anthem song will transcend the Christmas holidays.”

Earlier this week, Simon Cowell labelled the Facebook campaign “stupid”, “cynical” and “very Scrooge”.

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