Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has defended his right to speak out on politics, encouraging other public figures to speak up against the president.
Lee, who has repeatedly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump, spoke to AltPress about the fact that many think celebrities are out of touch with the world of ordinary people and they shouldn’t speak about politics.
The Crue drummer stated: “You know what? I get it. Motley fans range from all kinds of colors, types, races. There’s also a bunch of Trump-supporting fans. I don’t know why, but there are a lot of them. And I’m not allowed to have an opinion, because I get told by fans, ‘Shut the fuck up and just stick behind the drums’? That irked the fuck out of me. I’m like, ‘Hold on a second. I can’t say how I feel about this fucking guy? I can’t say how I think he’s just fucking wrecking everything he touches? I just need to shut the fuck up and stick to playing drums?’
“I’m sure that me personally, I’ve lost some fans,” he adds. “And you know what? On the flipside of that, I probably gained some. It’s a weird thing to talk about. But, you know, at the end of the day, it’s just a fuckin’ opinion. People just cannot take it. You take it, keep it moving or fucking unfollow. I don’t know what else to say. Am I supposed to say nothing? I mean, that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in now. So many people don’t speak up.”
Motley Crue was scheduled to reunite in stadiums throughout North America this summer, but the coronavirus pandemic has led the tour to be rescheduled for the summer of 2021.