Rage Against The Machine is Angrily Venting Against A Right-Wing British Politician this week, with Stereogum reporting that the band is threatening legal action against xenophobic isolationist and general all-purpose shitbag Nigel Farage over the name of his recently launched podcast, which is, you guessed it, Farage Against The Machine.
For those unfamiliar with Farage, he’s been a public political figure in the U.K. for the last several years, serving as the gormless mouthpiece of UKIP, the anti-Europe, anti-immigration, casually racist United Kingdom Independence Party. Or, in the words of John Oliver, a long-time critic, the “three-time cover model for Punchable Face magazine”:
The members of RATM aren’t going so far as to deck Farage for co-opting their name for his personal branding and D-level punwork, but they’ve made it clear that they’re not happy to be associated with him, either. The band has issued a cease-and-desist letter against him, stating in no uncertain terms their utter disdain for his actions and politics:
As you should know, RATM has publicly denounced the type of right-wing ideology you espouse for decades. Your anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for. Stop using RATM’s name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll. We suggest President Trump.