Rage Against the Machine’s music has always had a left-wing bent, with much of their lyrics targeting corporate America, cultural imperialism and government oppression.
But a number of right-wing conservative fans have only just realised the radical undercurrent of their music.
One Twitter user addressed the rock band: “I use to be a fan until your political opinions come out. Music is my sanctuary and the last thing I want to hear is political b******t when i’m listening to music.
“As far as i’m concerned you and Pink are completely done. Keep running your mouth and ruining your fan base."
Band member Tom Morello responded: “Scott!! What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T contain “political BS”? I need to know so I can delete it from the catalog”.
A number of fans took to social media to voice their amusement at how someone could not have noticed the political undercurrent of Rage Against the Machine's music.
One fan wrote: “The people angrily denouncing Rage Against the Machine for Tom Morello's leftist politics is one of the more hilarious things I have ever seen on the internet. WHAT MACHINE DID YOU THINK THEY HAVE BEEN RAGING AGAINST FOR DECADES? THE ICE CREAM MACHINE? THE ATM? LAWNMOWERS?”
Another agreed: “What “Machine” did you think he was raging against? The dishwasher?”
“Please rage WITH the machine!” joked someone else.
A fourth chose to remind people of Rage Against the Machine’s anti-establishment lyrics. “Some of those who work [police] forces are the same that burn crosses,” they said, quoting lines from “Killing in the Name”.
“Those who die are justified. By wearing the badge, they're the Chosen Whites” they added. “His political views have been pretty damned transparent, man."
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