Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Drops Another Pipebomb on Internet Censorship
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is one of the most opinionated and thought-provoking figures in modern metal. With the entire world talking about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), people everywhere are finally catching up to what Blythe has been talking about for some time.
In late December, we posted about Blythe’s Twitter rampage expressing his views on online piracy and SOPA, as well as his in support of Lars Ulrich’s fight against Napster. Now that the fight against Internet censorship is going full-tilt with websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit blacking out in protest, Blythe took the opportunity during an interview with Spinner to address the situation.
“A profit margin at the cost of liberty is never high enough for me,” says the poetic vocalist. “I believe it opens up too much corporate and governmental control and I think it would be a monopoly by corporations and governments who are in bed together on creative content and what does and what does not go on the internet.”
As a creator of content himself, Blythe still opposes SOPA even though Lamb of God will rake in more cash if the bill is passed. “I would rather starve,” claims Blythe. “I’ve been poor plenty of times. I was poor for a long, long time in this band, literally homeless at times. I’m not particularly worried about getting rich, that’s not why I do this. I make a good living, a lot of people don’t. I’m not a millionaire, but I’m quite comfortable now after 16 years of being in this band.”
“And yes, I would make more money, this is true,” Blythe admits. “And yes, I think it sucks that people steal music. And that’s what I call it. Not copyright infringement, not piracy, it’s f—ing stealing. That sucks. That being said, I just don’t want the government or corporations to have more control than they already do. To me it’s ridiculous and a very easy choice.”
The Lamb of God vocalist continued, “I’ve been to China. I know what happens there. I’ve been all around the world to places where you can’t get this and can’t get that and I’m like, ‘Really?’ It seems like such a weird innocuous thing to me coming from America. I refuse to support anything that will further censorship whether it be government or corporate. I mean, we’re being sold enough s— as it is.”
“Would I like to live comfortably in a nice house as an indentured servant or would I like to live in the ghetto as a free man? I’ll take the ghetto any day,” finished Blythe.
Figuratively, if SOPA was put into law today, Blythe’s wallet would certainly expand at a greater volume with the release of Lamb of God’s upcoming full-length ‘Resolution.’ However, Blythe, who has declared himself a candidate for U.S. President, has made it crystal clear that he is more than willing to personally sacrifice for online freedom. ‘Resolution’ is set to hit the shelves on Jan. 24.