Yesterday, we reported the exciting news that man of the people and renowned metalhead Joko Widodo has been elected president of Indonesia.
We were pretty excited about the first world leader who is a publicly acknowledged fan of heavy metal, but I didn't really put it all into perspective until reading this recent post from Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe on his Instagram page:
Incredibly, ladies & gentlemen, the new President of Indonesia is a metal head AND a lamb of god fan. No, this is not a joke, yes the photos are real, yes he digs Napalm Death, Metallica, Megadeth, & lamb of god amongst others- holy crap! THE WORLD'S FIRST HEAVY METAL PRESIDENT! Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the governor of Jakarta & former furniture salesman who was born into poverty, has won the election. I do not know much at all about Indonesian politics, so I can't comment of their political situation one way or the other, but from what I can tell, Jokowi seems to be a man of the people. Wow. A metal head president- who would have thought? AMAZING.
I mean, can you IMAGINE it? This is THE ONLY PRESIDENT IN THE WORLD with whom you can sit down and argue about which Slayer record is the best. Holy crap, it's too much! I want the Prez to take me on a diplomatic surf summit to Bali. Maybe I can get ambassadorial status. #jokowipleasetakemetoyourislandparadise
Randy makes a great point. Imagine arguing about Slayer records with a world leader? Pretty crazy. Also, interesting to note that the shirt Joko is wearing in the photo Randy posted above is a bootleg, since Lamb of God has no official merchandising in the area but it doesn't even matter.
Even crazier is if you do a reverse-Google search of that image, you will see Joko is actually at a metal festival watching Cannibal Corpse. Of course!
Look at how pumped metalheads are to be headbanging next to him:
At this point, we need to get a huge metal festival to Indonesia.