Tom Morello was asked by Hard Drive Radio whether he thinks it’s possible to like an artist’s music and not like the person making it, to which he replied (via Blabbermouth):
“I’m a fan of Ted Nugent’s music and Kid Rock’s music and I like both of them as people; I consider them both friends.
“They’re people I may not agree with, if we had a checklist of stuff, but they’re both good, decent people and I’m proud to be friends with both of them.
“There’s certainly no litmus test – and neither was there with Rage Against the Machine and certainly there isn’t with Prophets of Rage – you don’t have to be down with the message to enjoy… there’s a place for you in the pit.
“Every day somebody comes up to me and says, ‘I was drawn to your band’ – normally Rage – ‘I was drawn to your band because of the aggression and because it was powerful rock and roll, angry music, and I was exposed to ideas that I’d never heard in any of the other music that I’d listened to, and it changed my life.’
“I hear that every single day. People who… they became university professors or they became lawyers that defended homeless people or they became brick-throwing anti-fascists, in part because a set of ideas that did not exist in mainstream culture was introduced to them because the band rocked so f*c*ing good.
“This is not a college culture. I love Noam Chomsky, but I don’t wanna mosh to him. So the first we have to do is make records that kick your a*s, play shows that kick your a*s, and then some of those in that audience may respond to the lyrical content or what the band’s ideology is.
“I was a huge fan of bands like Motley Crue and AC/DC, and the lyrical content was super misogynist on the one hand and sort of quasi-devil-worshipping on the other, and I was neither down with women-hating or the devil, and yet I loved those bands; they were super rocking.”