FIVE-FINGER DEATH bass player Chris Kael called out celebrities who are threatening to leave America due to political, ideological, economic tensions and so many other forces that are fraying the fabric of our nation.
The 48-year-old bassist made his comments just days later GREEN DAYit is Billie Joe Armstrong said he was “renouncing” his U.S. citizenship following the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal Roe v. Wade.
During GREEN DAYthe concert on Friday June 24 in London, United Kingdom, amstrong told the audience, “Fuck America. I’m giving up my citizenship. I’m coming here. There’s just too many fucking stupid people in the world to go back to this miserable fucking excuse for a country. “
He added, “Oh, I’m not kidding. You’re going to get a lot from me in the next few days.”
Earlier today (Monday June 27),Kael taken to his Twitter to write: “No one cares about anything enough to pack their bags and leave the country. It’s easy to say on stage, on TV and on social media; but, when did you Packed for the last time for something longer than a brief vacation and a quick ride home? Stop the bullshit. #USA”.
Several years ago, a number of artists and celebrities, including NOOSE leader Corey Taylor and LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe — has sworn to flee the country if donald trump won Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election.
Some A-listers have said they will go to Canada, various places in Europe, South Africa and even Jupiter.
Despite their bold statements, most celebrities stayed in the United States after the 2016 election.
In December 2015, Blythe called Asset “a determined clown” and “a tool” in an interview with Metal Insideradding that “if he’s the president, I’m leaving America until he’s gone”.
taylor also expressed his disgust for Assettelling a Des Moines, Iowa radio station in a 2015 interview that he would “emigrate” if he Asset became president.
In February 2020, SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Marc Heylmun tell australia “Scars and Guitars” podcast that America didn’t feel like one country to him. “It feels like there’s such a divide between the types of people we have,” he said. “And I don’t want to hit the Bible Belt, or the middle of America, but the difference between them and the people on the coasts – that’s where all the blue is, and there’s a huge gap, and it’s there that Asset won. It’s just a different place. I don’t know how else to say it. It’s different. Same thing with Texas. I feel like Texas could be its own fucking country.”
Healing also ripped into the 45th US President saying, “Well, anyone is better than Asset. That’s pretty much how it’s going to be. And if Asset win again, I could very well leave America.”
In a 2016 interview, METALLICit is Lars Ulrich says he would consider returning to his native Denmark if Asset were elected president.
“I am one hundred percent Danish citizen. I pay taxes in the United States, but I cannot vote in the United States”, Lars said at the time. “Yes, definitely sometimes I think about moving to Denmark… If Asset becomes president and everything goes wrong, I could go to the airport and ask if I can go back again.”
In a September 2020 interview with UK Sky News, Ulrich he was asked if the fact that he remained in the United States meant that he was now a Asset partisan and that he would vote for him in the presidential election that year. The drummer replied, “I would say that would be an exaggeration of the truth. First of all, I’m a Danish citizen, so I can’t vote in the United States. Second, I was just watching if people were doing mind you, which obviously they were four years ago, since that quote has come back to haunt me, basically, in every interview I’ve done over the last month. So let’s leave it there, I’m a Danish citizen, I can’t vote, but I’m happy to live in the US And I think that’s enough.
Pressed to find out who he would vote for if he were an American citizen, Ulrich said, “I think people who know me well, and the fans, can probably put two and two together.”
No one cares about anything enough to pack up and leave the country. It’s easy to say on stage, on TV and on social media; but, when was the last time you packed your bags for anything other than a brief vacation and a quick ride home? Stop the bullshit. #UNITED STATES
— Chris Kael (@5FDPChrisKael) June 27, 2022