Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext offered an opinion that is stirring quite a bit of controversy yesterday. Vext posted a six minute video yesterday titled “WHAT IS BLACK LIVES MATTER?”. Tommy noted he made this video after "weeks of research & interviews with independent journalist, military personnel, entertainment industry professionals, a virologist & many ex Democrats.” He discussed the ongoing protests, the response to police murdering George Floyd and how he thinks they are linked to certain conspiracy theories.
During the video, he argues that the ongoing protests all across the nation are just a covert operation between The Clinton Foundation, George Soros and the media. He says this is all an excuse for the media to profit off the coverage of this.
Deep in the video, Vext claims that as an African-American male, he has never experienced racism himself.
“There’s a huge fucking problem going on where we have turned into citizens policing other citizens over a veil of racism that doesn’t exist. I’m African American, I’m 38-years-old. I’ve grown up in this country and I have not experienced actual racism. I’ve spent twenty years traveling through 48 states and, how many countries? I don’t know, lets say 50 countries all over the world. We don’t have a problem with race here. It’s all manufactured…”
Moments after saying there is no actual racism, Vext goes onto say there is systemic racism and it is the fault of those like the Clinton foundation.
The video can be seen below. It should be noted that Vext's bandmate, guitarist Doc Coyle, who is also half black, was asked by a fan on Twitter about this and Coyle responded "Let's just say we don't see eye to eye on this one."
If you are looking for a counter-perspective, Metal Hammer has published an excellent editorial from Liana Dawes (herself a black woman) titled Fighting against racism in metal is more important than ever.
Iet's just say we don't see eye to eye on this one.
— Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle) June 9, 2020