Billy Corgan accuses Twitter activists of “tyranny”
Billy Corgan has talked about “hashtag generation” and “Social Justice Warriors”, comparing them to Maoist and KKK, in an interview with libertarian radio host Alex Jones. Corgan called the activists a “propaganda control arm” who are “here to control us” as Jones chimed in: “It’s classic tyranny.”
“They’re Maoists. They have the Little Red Book in their hand. You’re not gonna get them back.” Corgan said. “The only thing that’s going to adjust their ideological fixation is reality.” Smashing Pumpkins' frontman asserts that the “hashtag generation” of activists shaming and mocking to force their way on forums like Twitter, which Corgan quit last year, “If you think someone is dumb or uneducated or a bigot or something, mocking them is not usually the best way to get through to them,” Corgan said. “Social Justice Warriors” have “weaponized free speech” and that this “horrified” him as a person and as an artist “because those people are gonna be coming for me. It may not be tomorrow, but it’s soon enough because I said the wrong thing on the wrong day.” He added “it's not the world I want to live in."
Jones and Corgan agree that: "lack of tolerance of ideas and other points of view is the great Achilles heel of the social justice warrior movement," and suggested they were "making up stories about ghosts that don't exist." Corgan began his Klan analogy by conceding that America has a “racist bent. If you could go back to Selma, 1932 and the Klan member spitting in some person of color’s face, don’t you think that guy thought he was right too? OK. So how is this any different?”
Corgan has been an outspoken fan of Jones’s for years and even credits the radio host as the inspiration for the song United Sates on Smashing Pumpkins’ 2007 album Zeitgeist.