Slayer‘s Tom Araya has angered the group’s fans and one of his own bandmates by posting a political meme on Instagram.
The metal frontman shared a “conservatives vs liberals” post on his account, which claims to help readers figure out “which side of the fence” they sit on. “If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one,” it begins. “If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.”
“With all the crazy shit going on I have to ask,” Araya captioned the post. “I sit on the fence of reason Comments an opinions welcomed.”
Among those who have responded to the post was Araya’s own bandmate, guitarist Gary Holt. “Too bad red states take more in aid than anyone and the meat industry and dairy are fighting the use of the word ‘milk’ such as soy milk, as if anyone with a brain would confuse the two, per the vegetarian part,” he wrote. “Not to mention any critical comment on our current president is met with fury, not laughs.”
While some fans agreed with the musician, others weren’t impressed by the post. Some hit back with their own takes on the meme’s format. “If a liberal doesn’t want an abortion they simply don’t get one, meanwhile (most) conservatives not only want to make abortion illegal across the board, they also want to completely control women’s reproductive rights across the board,” one wrote.
Another added: “When liberals don’t like a politician they don’t vote for him. When a conservative doesn’t like a politician they might mail a bomb to their house. You seriously need to do a little more introspection man, because right now you’re playing for the wrong team.”
Slayer, meanwhile, recently extended their “last-ever” tour until the end fo 2019. “We always knew this tour would take us into 2019,” guitarist Kerry King said in a press release. “We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve been getting here in North America.
“We’ve heard about fans who have driven five, six hours, or flown in from other cities or countries to see us, so we want to assure our fans that we’ll be on the road through 2019 and will get to as many places around the world as possible to make it easier for everyone to come and see us one last time.”