Nine Inch Nails chief Trent Reznor recently spoke out against today’s “top-tier” artists such as Taylor Swift for not publicly expressing their political opinions, speaking with the NY Times, he said,
“I was doing press with somebody in the mid-’90s, and they made an argument that stayed with me: that I have influence, and that it’s my job to call out whatever needs to be called out, because there are people who feel the same way but need someone to articulate it.
“And I think about that today, because it seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then.
“You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot.”
On whether or not he thinks it feels different now, Trent said:
“It does feel different. I know how I feel, and I have let it get to me in ways I wish it hadn’t. My worrying about it isn’t helping anything.
“But what Donald Trump is doing is concerning and infuriating – and it’s not the conservative agenda, it’s not a question of religious preference, it’s not a question of should government be big or small. I don’t have any problem with those topics.
“But the disregard for decency and truth and civility is what’s really disheartening. It feels like a country that celebrates stupidity is really taking it up a notch.”