If the Slipknot fans who booed Machine Gun Kelly at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky over the weekend needed any backup, they got it in the form of a Sunday tweet storm from Trivium frontman Matt Heafy.
Gotta be honest, I don’t know if I’m supposed to screenshot the f word a bunch of times so how about I link you to it RIGHT HERE.
Heafy tweeted that he'd “like to formally diss Machine Gun Kelly for ‘being 31 years old, wearing a [eff]ing 16-year-old pop-punk cosplay identity on a[n eff]ing stage.” His next tweet simply said, “Squirt Gun Smelly.”
Heafy then explained why he was bagging on MGK, tweeting that he "never thought about him till he took a shot at Slipknot — who are a band who’s paved the way for bands like mine. Thousands of bands like mine. Squirt Gun is a clout chaser. And even though it’s all a PR stunt, a shot at Slipknot needs an addressing.”
A final tweet took the form of an apology that really wasn't one, with Heafy writing that he'd "like to publicly apologize for my tasteless comments about MGK. I just found out he’s been afflicted by the Ligma variant. It’s really getting real out there. Thoughts and prayers, homie.”
“Ligma” is a reference to a made-up disease that was used in a couple of hoaxes that were popular at one time on gaming sites. Ligma was claimed to have killed MGK in 2018, during a feud with Eminem.
The bad blood between the metal community and MGK dates back to a comment the rapper-turned-punk-rocker made onstage at RiotFest in Chicago earlier this month, in which he called out Slipknot'sCorey Taylor for "being 50 years old wearing a [eff]ing weird mask on the [eff]ing stage.”
That fight has a lot more context, so you can READ ABOUT IT HERE.