Ariel Araya, the 20-year-old daughter of SLAYER frontman Tom Araya, has defended her father against accusations of homophobia, saying that Tom was merely repeating what “many other people have been saying online.”
A controversy arose when a photoshopped picture of Donald Trump and the members of SLAYER appeared on their Instagram account. Tom Araya posted the image and later criticized fans who objected to the photo, saying that he “thought it was funny” and that anyone who disagrees should keep quiet. “I never would have guessed that there where so many snowflakes commenting their distaste for the new president,” he wrote. “Like him or not he is the president.”
The same image first appeared on the official SLAYER Instagram account on inauguration day, but was mysteriously removed before being reposted on Tuesday.
Tom later appeared to make a homophobic joke while replying to fans in the post’s comments section. “Mike Pence turning fruits into vegetables,” he wrote with laughing emojis. He added: “Thanks … to everybody that has commented thanks for insight… this is how fake news gets started, not once did I say that I supported Trump… and assuming I speak for the band you are mistaking [sic] .. the picture did exactly what I thought it would do… piss some of you off.”