Like most people, Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor considers himself a fairly reasonable and intelligent individual who thinks American politics are fueled by a toxic culture that encourages divisiveness and hate, and that our fractured communities need to be more willing to communicate with each other and find common ground. Also like the majority of people, Taylor considers the election of President Trump to be an unmitigated disaster, the topic of which reduces his evenhanded calls for tolerance and understanding to rubble in the face of such stupidity and arrogant malignancy. Hence the lack of any political songs on the new Stone Sour album: According to Taylor, all the political material went into his new book instead. “And what I wrote,” Taylor says, with the understated style of a man who spent the better part of a musical career wearing masks that evoke Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, “is fucking brutal.”
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor opens up about how nearly one third of his new book (America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside “The Greatest Country in the World”) is dedicated to shit-talking Donald Trump. Again demonstrating the subtle wit that presumably runs through his book, Taylor unveiled a stream of invective that may or may not reflect the quality of his writing.
It’s really fucking unfortunate how bad we have just fucked ourselves into an embarrassing … Did you see what he did with the members of the U.N.? Did you see him shove the dude? [He’s presumably referring to the time Trump pushed the prime minister of Montenegro out of the way like some middle-school lunch line on pizza day.] I’m like, “Ugh, you petty, petulant cunt. Would you just fucking get impeached already?”
Taylor says the inspiration for the book was the ““base, ugly bigotry and racism” Trump was peddling during the election season. There’s no chapter explicitly focused on Trump, but the president seeped into every section of his look at the current state of American political culture and the massive divide characterizing it, for obvious reasons. Again, it seems best to just let Taylor use his own words, in a loquacious demonstration of his dry humor.
It is embarrassing that he is the ‘leader of the free world.’ I will never give him the qualification for that shit. He can’t go away fast enough. And I think people are really starting to see that. His approval rating is at 39 percent in a lot of places. Was there a reason you wiped your ass with your fucking vote, you bunch of dickheads? Good for you.
The man who once sang ”I wanna slit your throat and fuck the wound” says he hasn’t seen much blowback from fans about his politics. (“I’ve had a little pushback, but only from people who masturbate to Lee Greenwood songs,” is his reply.) He believes his political centrism is broadly shared—a version of the typical “social liberal, fiscal conservative” thing you’ve heard a million times from people who think it’s the most reasonable point of view—and should be a way to push back against polarization. “I think if you ask people that, they will absolutely be right on that center line, whether it’s the socially liberal or the fiscally conservative. People agree with all of that. But it’s only when the politicians themselves start whipping frenzies up and trying to get the base all knocked up on fervor that people stop listening to their inner dialogue, or listening to their common sense, and they immediately lock into that battle.” Presumably, “politicians themselves” also includes Drudge Report, Wonkette, and the ten million other media sites whose ideological perspective necessitate their not having anything good to say about their political opponents. But sure, maybe an appeal to inner common sense will work, too.