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Slayer discusses gun control and Trump in new video series Noisey Shreds

Posted by on February 14, 2017

Vice’s music portal Noisey just launched their first episode of “Noisey Shreds,” a video series involving it’s journalists traveling around the world interviewing their favorite bands. The first video features Kim Kelly talking to Slayer at the San Diego Comic Con last summer. And while the filming took place before President Trump stepped into office, it didn’t take too long to turn political. It’s a bit interesting to hear their thoughts back then, considering this was before the Instagram Trump photo conspiracy, Tom Araya’s snowflake comment, and Kerry King using his wife’s Instagramto try to set things straight.

Around three minutes into the video, drummer Paul Bostaph chimed in with his thoughts:

“Donald Trump‘s the biggest joke I’ve ever seen in my life. Everybody clapping for some of the stuff he says, I’m like this is some of the scariest shit I’ve ever seen in my life as an American, in my lifetime.”

Tom Araya added a piece of his mind:

“We were talking about the constitution and they literally wrote in there that, ‘hey listen, if things aren’t going the way you think they should, trash this, get rid of your government, write a whole new one, because it’s time for a change.’”

Bostaph continued:

“It’s up to people to govern yourself. You have to use common sense. And no government, nobody else can tell you that, you have to figure it out for yourself.”

In a separate interview, Kerry King discussed his opinion on guns:

“I don’t know, probably depends on what day of the week it is and what kind of propaganda I’m paying attention to. At the end of the day, if you take guns away from everybody only criminals will have guns. Is that better? I don’t know.

You know what I know is a problem, police departments trying to be militant states. You can’t have all these policemen shooting all these poor African American people and nobody doing time or anything for it. They’re gonna retaliate, I would. I want to clear the air and say I’ve got nothing against the police force—I think they’re heroes, but Jesus Christ, something’s gotta change.”

While a few of these thoughts are guaranteed to sting a few fans, the video moved away from politics and went back to the basics, interviewing fans.

Araya shared his venue preference as well:

“Small venues, they’re a lot of fun. They’re more intimate, you can literally see everybody. It’s kind of cool.”

Check out the first episode of “Noisey Shreds” below:

 

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