1 Disturbed’s David Draiman Addresses The “Cookie Monster” Tweet, DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara Responds on Mon 08 Aug 2011, 08:11
Disturbed frontman David Draiman has once again taken to Twitter, this time to clear up the ‘misunderstanding‘ surrounding his infamous “cookie monster metal” tweet.
Speaking earlier today (August 06th) Draiman said the following via a series of tweets:
“…KNOW THAT I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH DEZ, WE ARE OLD FRIENDS AND ANY MISUNDERSTANDING HAS BEEN CLEARED UP. I WROTE HIM THE FOLLOWING…
REGARDING WHAT I “SAID”. YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THESE GUYS (THE MEDIA IN GENERAL) LOVE TO CREATE CONTROVERSY AND DRAMA. I INVITE YOU TO READ THE ARTICLE IN REVOLVER, WHO THANKFULLY GOT IT RIGHT REGARDING MY “DEMISE OF HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL” QUOTE. IT WAS TAKEN WAY OUT OF CONTEXT.
I WAS REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IGNORED BY THE MASS MEDIA. COMPARED TO WHAT THE OTHER GENRES ARE DOING, I TRULY DO BELIEVE THAT METAL IS AS STRONG AS EVER. REGARDING THE “COOKIE MONSTER” COMMENT.
WHEN THE PRP POSTED THEIR CHOICE EXCERPT FROM THE BILLBOARFD ARTICLE, THEY LINKED IT TO MY TWITTER PAGE. I WAS IN TURN BESIEGED BY A BUNCH OF HATERS WHO GET NO GREATER DELIGHT, THAN TO INSULT MY LIFE AND HERITAGE AND RUN TO TELL THEIR FRIENDS ABOUT IT.
A FEW OF THEM (AND ONE IN PARTICULAR) PUSHED AND HERITAGE AND RUN TO TELL THEIR FRIENDS ABOUT IT. A FEW (AND ONE IN PARTICULAR) PUSHED ME TOO FAR, SAYING THAT IF HE WERE MY GIRLFRIEND, AND HEARD INSIDE THE FIRE, THAT HE WOULD HAVE KILLED HIMSELF TOO. HE ALSO WENT ON TO INSULT MY JEWISH HERITAGE AND INSISTED THAT HITLER SHOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB (BOTH MY GRANDPARENTS ARE SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST).
I REACTED, AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGEMENT AND TOLD HIM THAT HE SHOULD “GO BACK TO HIS MOTHERS BASEMENT, WHERE HE WILL NEVER KNOWN WARMTH OF A WOMAN, AND JACK HIMSELF OFF TILL HE BLEEDS, LISTENING TO HIS “COOKIE MONSTER” METAL”.
THE PRP AND OTHERS THEN TOOK MY RESPONSE TO HIM ON MY TWITTER PAGE AND THREW IT UP ON THEIR WEBSITE AND OTHERS ARE NOW ASKING OTHERS TO COMMENT ON IT. I AM/AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF METALCORE/HARDCORE. I LOVE THE WORK OF LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, DEVIL DRIVER, AND MANY OTHERS IN THE GENRE WHOM WE HAVE OFTEN TAKEN ON TOUR.
I REGRET EVEN RESPONDING TO THAT FOOL AND THE CONFUSION IT HAS CAUSED. I RESPECT AND LOVE THE UNDERGROUND AND AM TRULY SORRY THESE MANIPULATIVE MORONS HAVE TRIED TO START SOMETHING THAT ISN’T THERE.
THERE IS NO POINT IN SOLDIERS FIGHTING THE SAME CRUSADE TURNING AGAINST EACH OTHER. ALL MY RESPECT AND THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING DAVID DRAIMAN DISTURBED. -DEZ AND I SPOKE AND CLEARED IT UP AND IM TRYING TO GET A HOLD OF RANDY AS WE SPEAK.”
Note – While it is entirely possible that the above-mentioned anti-Semitic comments were made. They were not visible when Theprp.com first noticed the original tweet; which seemed to be in reply to the comment “@DAVIDMDRAIMAN and Disturbed are swiftly ruining metal. Hopefully they break up before releasing 10K Fists a fourth time.” made by Twitter user @astorsapolsky.
Update – August 06th 9:53pm:
Since running the story today (August 06th) DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara has also taken to his Twitter confirming that he and Draiman have since squashed any perceived beef. Speaking through a series of tweets, he offered:
“Ok Today I received numerous phone calls from 7dust and others telling ME that DDraiman was trying to get in touch with ME and wanted my Email , So I said ” Give it to him “. After receiving 4 emails and then expressing my disappointment about his comments regarding Heavy Underground music ( or as he called it ” cookie monster ” music ) and that I that style of music was just fine when he needed to open for All the bands he was calling out in his SLAG comment but once he became “Larger than those other bands Did he ever reach down a hand to help Out ?
As you know Disturbed opened for every COAL CHAMBER show in there area previous to there getting a deal so I especially was incensed At his comment and since no one stood up ” I DID !” After many emails I called David who was very apologetic and had sincere remorse to his Tone, he also told me he was going to reach out to Randy from LOG as well because I believe Randy also commented as well . He did tell me That someone had insulted his heritage ( Jewish ) and made some comments about his grandparents and the holocaust . A Fact that the @theprp Did NOT mention .
I also went to his Twitter as well as did @theprp and neither of us could find any such comment made by anyone? If things were taking out of context then @theprp ” it’s there bad for printing half truth . I only saw his tweet regarding Heavy music And responded in kind . He did ask me to say something about us speaking and I am a man of my word so I’m telling you all about our convo Once on the phone things were laid to rest and clarified So there ya go . Have a nice night Best DEZ”
As stated above, and to address Dez‘s concerns, Theprp had no knowledge of nor had seen any of the above-mentioned anti-Semitic comments made in regards to the original story. In fact, at the time Draiman thanked Theprp for reporting it.
If said anti-Semitic tweets were made in regards to the “cookie monster tweet” and removed, apologies are offered. There was no interest in manipulating the truth for some cheap hits. All the tweets referenced were reprinted as available on Draiman‘s Twitter account.
Update – August 07th 1:22pm:
The original recipient of Draiman‘s cookie monster tweet, Twitter user @astorsapolsky, has since commented on the story to ThePRP. He offered the following:
“…I started the trolling. He was having casual banter with his fans, responding to the backlash from his “metal is dying” message. During this, I made the comment that you see in the image.
After he flew off the handle from such a basic joke, I took a screenshot and stuck it on a few sites. From there, people decided if he is so easily provoked, they would join in on the fun. Shortly after (around the time he posted on the “loser trolls”) people started hatching schemes to cross the line and make fun of his ex-girlfriend’s suicide.
Originally it was a handful of us just riffing on Disturbed and calling him Howie Mandel. THEN came the anti-Semitic remarks.
It did start with me, but I didn’t say anything over the line, just what you see in the image…”
Update – August 07th 9:54pm:
Hopefully putting an end to this madness, Lamb Of God frontman D. Randall Blythe has now spoken out on the situation again via his Twitter. Speaking on a conversation which he had with Draiman, he stated:
“…Drainman called me last night. He made the mistake of letting some internet kid piss him off. No biggie- got no beef w/him. Never really was anything to “work out”. I think @DavidmDraiman was more upset by it than me. Anytime yer a public person people tend to attack you no matter what you do. It can get on yer nerves. He snapped on a dude- so what? It wasn’t worded the best. But no big deal really- just a mistake- we all make ‘em. Pissed off my boy Dez tho- Italian temper, haha. S’all good tho.”
When a fan apologized to him for bringing up the matter, Blythe then relayed the following colorful tale of when Draiman did actually anger him:
“S’all right. I knew it was coming sooner or later. And it DID remind of the time @DavidMDraiman DID piss me off. Storytime. We were in Texas on tour with Metallica, coming to the end of a long run. I had stayed up all night partying night before. I crashed EARLY. The arena was in the middle of nowhere Texas, I was hung-over as fuck still, & didn’t want any part of the nightly nonsense. I went 2 my bus The bus was nice & empty, so I cruised to the back lounge & settled down to watch a nice chick flick.
Probably “PS- I love you” or something I was deep asleep in the back lounge when I heard a buncha noise in the hall & my tour manager yelling “WHAT THE FUCK?” “OH NO” I thought. “Maybe it’s just Willie. Maybe he will pass out. Please please please PASS OUT Willie! PLEASE! Do NOT come in here!” I prayed w/my eyes shut Suddenly the back lounge door slammed open. FUCK. I kept my eyes closed, hoping that whoever it was would see I was asleep & go away. Nope. WHAM! “Oooof!” the air exited my lungs as I felt a bony ass slam into my stomach.
Definitely NOT Willie. “RANDY!” I heard. Shit. I looked… and sitting on top of me was an EXTREMELY DRUNK Lars Ulrich. Jesus Christ. WHY NOW?!? I looked past him & saw Trivett, drummer of The Sword. “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” Trivett screeched “We have been looking for you EVERYWHERE. We were WORRIED about you, RANDY.” Lars just smiled. I tried to sit up but Lars was fucking WASTED & EXTREMELY AMUSED that he had woken me up.
“We are here to SAVE YOU, RANDY. SAVE YOU.” This was EXTREMELY ANNOYING. Then I saw that someone else was in the room. There was a shiny bald head, & shiny metal in dude’s face. “Oh FUCK. These 2 IDIOTS have brought some ASSHOLE who is trying to look JUST LIKE David Draiman. WHAT A FUCKING LOSER” I thought. The David Draiman look alike was fucking wasted too. “GET THE FUCK OUT” I yelled at Lars & Trivett. “& WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?” I asked baldy.
“Dude, it’s David. From Disturbed.” he said. It was dark back there & I was half asleep. “What the FUCK are you doing here?” I asked. He had come to see the show. So now I was awake, with a drunk Trivett, a grinning Draiman, & a HAMMERED Lars Ulrich sitting on me. Fuck. “Ok. Everybody GET THE FUCK OUT” I yelled. They kept on telling me they were there to save me. I WAS PISSED AS FUCK.
Finally they left Chin metal flashed & a bald head gleamed as he stumbled away. & THAT was the time I actually WAS pissed at @DavidmDraiman. Revenge 1 day….