2019 Latin Grammys

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Renzor Calls Out Donald Trump, Artists Who Don't Address Politics & Kanye West in New Interviews

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs onstage on day 3 of FYF Fest 2017 at Exposition Park on July 23, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Renzor has a lot to say about President Donald Trump and celebrities' responsibilities to "call out whatever needs to be called out" in a June 20 interview.

When asked by New York Times magazine about political themes in the band's upcoming ninth studio album Bad Witch, and whether he feels musicians have a duty to speak out, Renzor responds that because of his influence, it's his "job" to do so, "because there are people who feel the same way but need someone to articulate it."

"You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world," he adds, continuing to say that he feels today's top artists stay quiet on social and political issues because they're "concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot."

While he says that "what Donald Trump is doing is concerning and infuriating," he doesn't have a problem with the conservative agenda. Instead, "the disregard for decency and truth and civility is what’s really disheartening."

Meanwhile, Renzor also had some harsh words for Kanye West in an interview with The Guardian: “The guy’s lost his fucking mind: that’s the thinkpiece. His record sucked, and that’s it. He has made great shit; he’s not in a great place right now."

Bad Witch is the final installment in a trilogy of politically minded EPs, scheduled for release on June 22. 

 


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