After learning that Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan lists Rage Against The Machine as one of his favorite bands and currently on his iPod, fans of the band quickly barraged the band’s most outspoken and socially active member with Tweets demanding a response. Tom Morello, the band’s guitarist, not only stepped up to the task but quickly published a scathing op-ed piece via Rolling Stone.
Morello, confused and upset by Ryan’s choice in music begins, “Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”
“Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment.”
“I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? […] “So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!”
Voices on the Democratic side of the isle were quick to pile on.
"My favorite band is Rage Against the Machine," says Paul Ryan, "And... my favorite movie is um... *googles MOVIES THAT HATE THE GOVERNMENT*—
sreegs (@ahuj9) August 17, 2012
@tmorello I picture him in a frat, doing beer bongs while blasting Bulls on Parade in an obliviously privileged haze.—
Kristen McHugh (@kristenmchugh22) August 17, 2012
RT @tinyrevolution Paul Ryan loving Rage Against the Machine is the greatest misunderstanding of music since CharlesManson loved the Beatles—
Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 11, 2012
Conservative voices rushing to Ryan’s defense?
— Jay Tilles, CBS Local