On Monday, Rob Zombie shared a photo of himself on Facebook, posing with Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal), Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal), and Moa Kikuchi (Moametal), who are collectively known as Babymetal. The Japanese band, Zombie, and numerous other bands including Slipknot, Scorpions, Lynyrd Synyrd, Megadeth, and Disturbed played at the Carolina Rebellion festival in Charlotte over the weekend.
As social media posts often do, the photo caught the attention of its share of trolls. Rob Zombie, who has developed something of a reputation for taking trolls down, responded accordingly. While some of the comments in question have already been deleted from the post, Metal Injection was fortunate enough to obtain a screenshot.
One guy said, “I’m a grown man, and this makes me want to cry. Baby Metal is a shameful embarrassment to anything metal. Their (alleged) music make me want to kill things.”
Rob responded to that with, “Hey they are nice kids out on the road touring. What are you doing besides being a grumpy old f—?”
Another person told Zombie, “This is lame. I love you Rob, but shame on you.”
Zombie responded to that by saying, “They roll harder than you.”
Rob told another hater, “These three girls had more energy than 90 percent of the bands we play with.”
Naturally, the whole thing generated plenty of comments, and while the hateful ones had their share of likes, a lot of Zombie’s fans commended the artist for sticking up for Babymetal. The band are apparently as big of fans of Rob Zombie as Rob Zombie is of theirs, as evidenced by this photo from their own Facebook page:
Babymetal are certainly no strangers to internet trolls and common haters. If you read any social media post or article about the band, there’s a reasonable chance you’ll see comments putting the teenage girls down (two are 16 and the oldest is 18). Even the author of the aforementioned Metal Injection post notes that every time that site posts about the band, it gets hate from “metal elitists,” though to be fair, this is pretty common for most bands on metal news sites.
The group earned praise from Daily News for a performance last week in New York. The publication referred to it as “a sweet yet brutal show,” adding that they took “New York City by storm.”
As alluded to earlier, Rob Zombie has experience shutting down trolls. Zombie made headlines last year when someone asked him on Facebook when he decided to become a hipster. His response, as seen in a screenshot shared by Spin, was to share the guy’s profile photo and tell him that he was in no condition to discuss what is hip.
According to Blabbermouth, Zombie’s new album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. This summer, Rob will hit the road with Korn for the Return of the Dreads Tour in what should be a throwback to when the two toured together back in 1999 under the Rock is Dead banner.
Zombie also has a new horror movie called 31 coming out in September. The film was crowdfunded and premiered at Sundance earlier this year. In what sounds like the kind of movie many would expect from Rob Zombie, it involves people being held captive by psychotic clowns and forced to play a murderous game called “31.”
31 will be the the seventh feature film from Zombie, following House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, Halloween II, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, and 2012’s The Lords of Salem. From owning trolls and releasing new albums to co-headlining tours and new movie releases, nobody can say Rob Zombie isn’t having a busy year.
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