Corey Taylor on Internet Trolls: "I'm Not Going to Sit Here and Debate a Crying Child" | Revolver

Corey Taylor on Internet Trolls: "I'm Not Going to Sit Here and Debate a Crying Child"

Why Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman's done arguing over politics on social media
Corey Taylor 2017 Getty , Katja Ogrin/Redferns
photograph by Katja Ogrin/Redferns

It's officially the start of a new year, and you know what that means: It's resolution time. For Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, "new year, new you" translates to a familiar aphorism, the bedrock of internet-age sanity: Don't feed the trolls. Outlining his noble goals for 2018 in a new Kerrang! interview, rock's self-proclaimed "Great Big Mouth" vowed to stop engaging in political arguments on social media, saying he would "rather take a fucking saw to [his] own face" than partake in petty wars of words. Taylor went on to single out right-wing trolls as particularly infuriating, describing them as "butthurt" and "spoiled."

"It's so unnecessary and pathetic, and I can't take any more of that shit," Taylor said of engaging trolls on the topic of politics. "It's not even that I have a problem with their politics: It's their self-righteous indignation that comes with it."

"For all the harrumphing that the right does about the left being a bunch of snowflakes, they are the ones that are so butthurt about so much shit; it's not even funny," he added. "I look at them and think, 'I'm not going to sit here and debate a crying child.' If there was a button on Twitter that asked 'Would you like to block with relish?' then that's the one I'd be hitting. They can enjoy their spoiled-brat infancy. I've got kids of my own, without having to deal with kids that I don't need to take care of.

Corey concluded with some advice to fans grappling with ignorant, online-based ne'er-do-wells. "One message I would impart to Kerrang! readers is this: Never stop educating yourself. If something that you believe is right turns out to be wrong, you have to embrace that — you can't just reject that out of spite. I'm one of the most wrong people on the planet, and I also have one of the biggest fucking mouths, so it's one of the biggest lessons I've had to learn. It's going to make you a better person to be on the better side of facts than the worst side of fiction."