The Smashing Pumpkins lead singer sounded off on SJWs during an interview this week with Alex Jones. The InfoWars.com host, known for his conspiratorial leanings, pressed Corgan on a number of socio-political topics.
Corgan didn’t hold back.
Social Justice Warriors is the derisive term for liberals who seek a better world, in part, through the suppression of “unpopular” speech.
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Corgan’s unabashed defense of free speech might make him a fresh target for SJWs. It doesn’t sound like he cares one whit. After all, he called the SJW movement a “cult” during the Q&A . He also compared SJWs to Maoists.
I predict that this hashtag generation–look, for everyone that’s out there spinning their little New Year’s toy in your reporter’s face–and I’ve watch those clips and I’m horrified as somebody who believes in free speech and is an artist, because those people are gonna be coming for me. Let’s face it. It may not be tomorrow, but it’s soon enough because I said the wrong thing on the wrong day because I was tired and I didn’t take my X2 that day, or whatever. You know what I mean? It’s like, to live like that, to live where every word is a landmine–you know what I’m saying–it’s not the world I want to live in.
Corgan also slammed the modern Left, a movement he says doesn’t reflect the liberals he once knew.
That’s the world I grew up in, a liberal, Democratically-leaning Chicago that was about tolerance and free speech, not “shut it down because it’s unpleasant.” And again–you haven’t said this here so it’s not again–the lack of tolerance of ideas and other points of view is the great Achilles heel of the social justice warrior movement. They do not apply their philosophical bent across the board equally.
The singer is no rock-ribbed conservative. He has been critical of liberals in the past, though, including President Barack Obama.
He blasted the president in in a 2012 chat with Jones about the administration’s lack of transparency. He also questioned the wealth distribution mantra of the Occupy Wall Street movement.