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2008-08-22 17:02
Our music is positive, says Slipknot frontman
Slipknot have broken their silence over allegations that they were somehow responsible for Krugersdorp teen Morné Harmse taking a samurai sword to school this week, killing a fellow pupil and injuring two others. Speaking to Blender magazine in the US, frontman Corey Taylor responded to reports that the eighteen-year-old Harmse wore a mask resembling those worn by the band and was influenced by the band’s music to commit the act. Taylor told Blender: "Obviously, I'm disturbed by the fact that people were hurt and someone died. As far as my responsibility for that goes, it stops there, because I know our message is actually very positive." He continued, "You have something like this happen, it could have been Marilyn Manson, it could have been any number of people who make art that is startling visually, on the darker side. It could've been ('50s crooner) Pat Boone, for Christ's sake. At the end of the day, there are always going to be mental disorders and people who cause violence for no other reason than the fact that they're fucked up and lost. And all we can do is try to learn from it." Students who witnessed the fatal attack said that Harmse looked and acted like he was "possessed by the devil". Authorities discovered three more swords and four other masks in Harmse’s school bag. The additional masks reportedly were styled after those worn by Slipknot members. Local community leader Pierre Eksteen put the blame on music, saying, "He came here camouflaged as the guy from Slipknot. We know the wrong kind of music and drugs have bad effects. Young people need to be informed of the effects of bad Satanic music." Yes, bad 'Satanic music' is really, really bad, if anyone who’s ever had the displeasure of listening to Slipknot can attest. So what effect would good 'Satanic music' then have, do you think?

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