Corey Taylor: “Put Your Goddamn Mask On…Get Over Yourself”

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While the restrictions caused by the coronavirus have incited an uproar amongst millions of people, one group who probably aren’t as bothered as others are the dudes in Slipknot. That’s because the Iowan nine-piece have been wearing masks their whole careers, and are therefore probably not bothered by doing so for a couple more months (and they probably don’t mind social distancing, because they fucking hate humanity). Now, frontman Corey Taylor has come out urging people to do something important: put their goddamn mask on.

In a recent interview with Triple M Rock, Corey was asked if he had a message for Australians who refused to wear masks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. His response was, well, very Corey Taylor.

“Yeah, stop whining and put your goddamn mask on,” said Corey. “This isn’t an isolated incident. My country’s loaded with these dumbasses that think it is some sort of political standpoint or some sort of partisan garbage. And I’m just like, ‘Are you serious?’ Just because you haven’t had anyone in your life affected by it doesn’t mean that it’s not a real thing.”

“From a very cold standpoint, karma’s a bitch,” he said. “It’s going to come back and bite you in the ass. If you’re going to winge about wearing a mask in a produce store…I once had to wear an entire full head mask for eight hours while doing Slipknot press. Eight hours! Didn’t take it off, eight hours straight because we were doing nothing but press for one day. But these people are going to bitch and moan about wearing it for ten minutes at the market. Get over yourself.”

The host goes on to ask if Corey prefers performing without a mask, Corey says, “It definitely lends it self to being able to breathe. After this many years of performing in a mask, you tend to learn just how to suffer through it. I couldn’t imagine doing a Slipknot show without one, but I really love doing shows that are not Slipknot without one.”

Listen to the whole thing here:

Corey Taylor’s new solo album, CMFT, will be out October 2, and is available for preorder.


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