Drummer Tommy Lee has defended his right to speak out on political issues, saying that “we’re in the situation we’re in now” because “so many people don’t speak up.”
Lee talked to Alternative Press about the fact that many believe celebrities are too far removed from the real world of ordinary people and that they should keep their mouths shut when it comes to politics:
“You know what? I get it. Motley fans range from all kinds of colors, types, races. There’s also a bunch of Trump-supporting fans. I don’t know why, but there are a lot of them. And I’m not allowed to have an opinion, because I get told by fans, ‘Shut the f*ck up and just stick behind the drums’?
That irked the f*ck out of me. I’m like, ‘Hold on a second. I can’t say how I feel about this f*cking guy? I can’t say how I think he’s just f*cking wrecking everything he touches? I just need to shut the f*ck up and stick to playing drums?’
“I’m sure that me personally, I’ve lost some fans.”
“And you know what? On the flip side of that, I probably gained some. It’s a weird thing to talk about.
But, you know, at the end of the day, it’s just a f*ckin’ opinion. People just cannot take it. You take it, keep it moving or f*cking unfollow. I don’t know what else to say. Am I supposed to say nothing? I mean, that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in now. So many people don’t speak up.”