In a brand new interview with “The Afternoon Program” on the 102.9 The Hog radio station, DISTURBED frontman David Draiman as soon as once more mentioned his views on this 12 months’s Grammy Awards. Premiering reside from Crypto.com Area, the sixty fifth annual occasion honored this 12 months’s largest musical releases on Sunday, February 5.
Draiman addressed the criticism leveled at Sam Smith and Kim Petras for his or her efficiency of their hit single “Unholy”, by which Petras, a German singer-songwriter who identifies as transgender, carried out alongside drag stars Violet Chachki and Gottmik wearing satan costumes, whereas Smith — who was born a male and identifies as a “gender nonbinary particular person” — was in a shiny pink high hat with satan horns protruding from it for the ultimate refrain. As an alternative of celebrating the truth that the pair made historical past for the LGBTQ group as the primary overtly transgender girl and first overtly non-binary artist to win the Grammy for finest pop duo for “Unholy”, some distinguished Republicans and conservative viewers expressed disgust over the efficiency slammed the performances for selling the worship of Devil.
Draiman stated: “I used to be fairly blown away by Sam Smith‘s spectacle. That was spectacular. That is form of what sure components of what we do in our style have been lacking for a lot of bands, and even us at sure closing dates. That ingredient of hazard, that ingredient of, ‘Here is my center finger. I am placing it proper within the digicam for all of you, and doing this as a result of I know it’ll get an increase out of everybody. And that is precisely why I am doing it the best way I am doing it.’ And that is rock and roll. Whether or not individuals acknowledge it or not, that’s it — that’s it. It is spectacular to see individuals push the envelope.”
He continued: “How a lot totally different is that in its personal manner, and in its personal fashion and taste and aptitude, than what MÖTLEY CRÜE has performed for years? Or what a band like… Let’s go to the actual reverse finish of the spectrum, a band like GWAR and what they do. It is a present, they usually’re placing on a present, they usually’re simply determining a special option to piss individuals off and push individuals’s buttons. And he discovered it. And good on him, man, ‘trigger [laughs] extra individuals should be pushing extra buttons in a manner that pisses extra individuals off. Persons are virtually begging for it at this level.”
In a video posted on Twitter, Donald Trump Jr., son of former U.S. president Donald Trump and a right-wing influencer, blasted Smith and Petras‘s efficiency, saying that claims Hollywood and the leisure business are into Satanic rituals could be dismissed as conspiracy theories “regardless of the entire symbolism, regardless of the entire coincidence with stated symbolism.”
“Possibly it is artwork, however why is it at all times this type of artwork? Why is it by no means, like, common artwork?” he stated.
Elsewhere, Fox Information host Tucker Carlson criticized the awards on his present, saying: “Yeah they stormed Omaha Seaside for that: Trans ideology plus Satanism, well-liked leisure.”
Finally Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Petras elaborated on the mindset behind the efficiency: “I believe lots of people, truthfully, have form of labeled what I stand for and what Sam stands for as religiously not cool.
“I personally grew up questioning about faith and eager to be part of it, however then slowly realizing it would not need me to be part of it. So it is a tackle not with the ability to select faith and never with the ability to reside the best way that folks may need you to reside, as a result of, you understand, as a trans particular person, I am form of already not needed in faith.”
In an interview with TMZ, David Harris, a magister of the Church of Devil, stated he thought Smith and Petras‘s efficiency was “all proper” and “nothing significantly particular.” He additionally blasted right-wing politicians who have been offended by the efficiency — particularly Ted Cruz and Marjorie Taylor Greene — calling them “delicate snowflakes.”
Picture courtesy of David Draiman‘s Twitter
Junior says the Sam Smith efficiency proves that right-wingers have been proper that Hollywood and the music business are all Devil worshippers. “Possibly it’s artwork, however why is it at all times this type of artwork? Why is it by no means, like, common artwork?” pic.twitter.com/nuJJDPIZAj
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) February 6, 2023
The Grammy’s featured Sam Smith’s demonic efficiency and was sponsored by Pfizer.
And the Satanic Church now has an abortion clinic in NM that requires its sufferers to carry out a satanic ritual earlier than providers.
American Christians have to get to work.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 6, 2023