Slipknot has thousands upon thousands of fans around the world, but according to frontman Corey Taylor, there are a lot of folks in the band’s home state who are “very ashamed” that Slipknot is from Iowa.
During a recent conversation on the Zach Sang Show, Taylor talks about how the band has strived to create a space of unity and acceptance at their concerts; however, even with messages of unity, Taylor says “[Slipknot] were judged for so fucking long about who we were.”
He goes on to add that there are people in Iowa who are “ashamed” by the fact that Slipknot comes from the state. Per Taylor, he blames this “ashamed” factor on “conservative bullshit.”
Regarding this point about people in Iowa being “ashamed” of Slipknot, Taylor says (as transcribed by Metal Hammer):
“We were judged for so fucking long about who we were, I mean we came from The Fringe and what we represented was something that, to do this day, is still anathema to a lot of people in Iowa. There are a lot of people in Iowa that are very ashamed of the fact that Slipknot comes from there and it’s because of this newfound Resurgence and conservative bullshit. As much as Iowa – when I was there – was a purple State it’s very red now and there’s a lot of people who I know who are not happy about it.”
Along with asking Taylor to elaborate, Sang says, “Isn’t crazy to think that people would be disappointed in the fact that Slipknot has come from Iowa?”
In response, Taylor says, “Not if you come from there, not if you know the people. There’s a lot of fucking dicks who still live in Des Moines, Iowa, that are so mad. I know dudes that I’ve known for 30 years I run into them and they side-eye me hard.
“There’s so many bitter pricks in that goddamn town and they’re just hanging on you know, like they just don’t want to accept the fact that they didn’t want it [success] as much as we did. And I’m not going to sit here and say that they didn’t deserve it because there were a lot of great bands in this scene that we came out of, but for whatever reason, they didn’t push hard enough and even when we did make it, and we tried to shine that spotlight on the Des Moines scene, because it was almost in a weird way like a pseudo Seattle moment. There was a lot of people trolling through Des Moines trying to find the next Slipknot. Everybody who we tried to help blew it, they just didn’t fucking want it as much as we did you know: I mean we would have lived and died for the shit and these guys just thought it was a crumb.”