The often unashamedly vocal Trent Reznor (frontman for Nine Inch Nails) has decided to adopt a vow of silence on Twitter. He had previously been using the ‘microblogging’ website to talk to his fans and have the occasional blast at artists and the music world. But all this has had to stop!
On his forum, Mr. Reznor states that it’s because of the spammers and haters, and “it’s now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture and the experiment seems to have yielded a result” before quoting the Jane’s Addiction (his current touring partner) song “Idiots rule”.
He continued to have a rant about the so-called “Metal Sludge contingency”. Reznor adds “Looks like the Metal Sludge contingency has discovered Twitter! Finally! For those of you that don’t know what this is, please let me explain. Metal Sludge is the home of the absolutely worst people I’ve ever come across. It’s populated mainly by unattractive plump females who publicly fantasize about having sex with guys in bands. Kind of like a role-playing game where people nobody will fuck make up stories about their incredible sexual encounters with people they wish they could fuck.
“It would be kind of funny in a sad and pathetic way except the fun doesn’t stop there – hate and good old-fashioned outright blatant racism are also encouraged to spice things up and remind you how truly ugly these scourges are. Truly ugly on the inside (the outside is obvious)”.
Despite this random public outburst from Reznor, he does have somewhat of a point. Websites like Twitter are bringing musicians closer to their fans than ever before, and only now do they understand how they’re perceived. Some are seen as gods to the masses for their musical wizardry, whereas some are deemed hate figures by the masses for ‘selling out’ or ‘changing’. And as Twitter allows anyone to talk to anyone else, artists are getting the raw end of the deal, finding out exactly how their fans or ‘haters’ feel.