Corey Taylor Goes Off on Rude Fans: ‘Artists Aren’t Regarded As People Anymore’

Corey Taylor: Gene Smirnov, philadelphia commercial, CC BY-SA 2.0,, Wikimedia Commons
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There has been a recent trend of fans at concerts throwing things at artists while they’re performing; when it comes to this matter, Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine recently said, “If people don’t like you, they’re gonna throw shit.” For Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, though, a different sentiment comes to mind – one of frustration regarding how artists are being treated.

At one point during a recent interview with Loudwire, Taylor goes off talking about how the “state of culture” is “so fucking awful.” In response to the frontman’s points, the interviewer brings up how there’s “odd social conduct nowadays,” and references how some fans at concerts are throwing things at artists while they’re performing.

This sets off Taylor big time, the Slipknot frontman going off on how upset he is with how artists are treated nowadays. Among the points he brings up, Taylor says that “artists aren’t regarded as people anymore.”

Speaking about how he feels artists are treated and viewed nowadays, Taylor shares the following:

“Oh, it’s fucking ridiculous. This is one of the problems with social media. Now artists aren’t regarded as people anymore. Even if they never were, they were still regarded as something that is flesh and bone. They were something to obsess about, but at least they were a person. Now, because of the feeling of being even more removed from the human experience, now, you might as well just be a fucking soda machine or a phone booth for fuck sake. You’re an object, and you’re going to be treated as such.

“And the fact that people can’t understand how utterly dangerous it is to do shit like that, how utterly rude it is to treat people like that, how utterly incredible it is to think that you are so special that the show is just about you and not about anybody else around you …. the level of entitlement that is being brought out in people is fucking disgusting.

“Everybody wants to just talk about how wrong it is, but nobody wants to talk about why. It’s because nobody’s looking at anyone as a human being anymore. They’re not looking at the artist anymore. They’re not looking at each other anymore like that. And until we bring the human element back into it, there will be no boundaries. That’s what it is. It’s a destruction of boundaries.

“Now people see that they can be disregarded and they’re going to get a reaction and they’re going to have something that they can tweet about again, it’s just one giant sucking black hole that looks like a massive asshole just sucking the whole universe into it. It’s dumb.”

What do you think of Corey Taylor’s thoughts regarding how artists are treated and viewed nowadays?