Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has hit out at Kanye West for wearing one of their t-shirts – slamming him for being a ‘publicity junkie’ and not a true metal fan.
West was pictured wearing one of the metal legends’ t-shirts over the weekend, pushing Skolnick to bash the ‘trend’ of Hollywood stars wearing rock t-shirts when he said it was “inconceivable that any of these pop-culture vultures know who the heck any of the bands are”.
Now, he has taken to Facebook to share a longer post with a photo of West – again claiming that he doubts he is a true fan, and tearing him down for comparing himself to Pablo Picasso and his ties to Donald Trump, the Kardashians and “reality TV nincompoops slowly destroying the country”.
Read his full response below:
“I like hip-hop generally and while not a Kanye West fan, I recognize that Kanye is respected by some folks in the music industry whom I respect. Normally I’d be flattered and appreciative from 1 artist 2 another (those who follow me outside Testament know I’m very open musically & work with artists of many genres). If Kanye genuinely knows and likes Testament – and isn’t just wearing our shirt as part of this current bizarre fad among trendy fashionistas and Hollywood types to wear old metal concert Ts – then that’s great, more power to him and respect. However, I truly doubt that’s the case (and would love to be proven wrong).”
Alright. So I posted a wiseass comment meant just for friends who tagged me on FB – wasn't meant as an official…
“It’s not the music/artist part of the equation I have a problem with – it is the Reality TV, publicity junkie part. Kanye may consider himself an artist, which I can accept (although an artist on the level of those he compares himself to? Pablo Picasso? Sorry, not feeling it). Artistry aside, the Kardashian clan (of which he’s a part of by marriage) are not doing art – it is the lowest form of cheap entertainment, turning people into brainless nincompoops and slowly destroying the country, a place that’s descended to the point of the majority now embracing anti-intellectualism, denying facts, disbelieving science, believing fake news, avoiding rationality, shunning critical thinking and no longer recognizing the difference between reality and reality TV (case in point: electing a Reality TV star as President, someone Kanye is now cozying up to). I find these offences so unforgivable that I cannot find enjoyment in a major celebrity and artist I’d otherwise respect (musically, at least) wearing our shirt, much as I’d like to.”
“So my initial response, while admittedly less eloquent, it is still an honest reflection of the moment. For those interested, here was my original reply meant for just few friends online: “Oh no he didn’t! Wait, yes he did…Goodness gracious. This whole decrepit clan must have picked up a pile of old concert t-shirts (the same pile Kourtney K’s Slayer shirt came from) which have somehow become a “thing” in trendy fashion (who’d have thought?!!). Inconcevable that any of these pop culture vultures know who the heck any of the bands are. My guess is he thinks it’s a religious group (not the 1st time that’s happened) That is, if he thinks at all, which lately, seems unlikely. And I thought this time period couldn’t get any weirder…””
Last week, West caused controversy when he met with Donald Trump – which he later explained when he said: “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”