Recently there has been an image of John Lydon, AKA Johnny Rotten, the frontman for anarchist giants and punk pioneers Sex Pistols, floating around featuring the bloated star wearing a pro-Donald Trump T-shirt. It sparked outrage which was then somewhat cooled after it became apparent the photo was a couple of years old. Some fans had hopes that, like some other sound-minded citizens who voted Trump in, Lydon’s views had changed with the proof of his flailing presidency.
In a new interview with The Observer, however, Lydon has now doubled-down on his support for the 46th President of the United States claiming that one would be “daft as a brush” not to vote for him. It’s another piece of ageing rocker rhetoric we could all likely do without.
The former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. singer has confirmed that he is still a huge supporter of Donald Trump, citing his handling of the economy as one of the main reasons he will vote for him again in November, also suggesting his opponent is another reason: “He’s the only sensible choice now that Biden is up — he’s incapable of being the man at the helm.”
Now, we know what you’re thinking, “maybe Lydon said that just to ruffle some feathers?” – Unfortunately not. It would seem that far from the pulling down of the establishment Lydon was always so keen on, now he would much prefer an extremely rich man to oversee the country for his economic knowledge.
Lydon doesn’t see Trump as a racist and claims his own experiences with the label has helped him see past it: “I’ve been accused of the very same thing, so I’m offended for anybody who’s called that,” revealed the singer having been accused of a racist attack by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party back in 2008 after the musician had asked if PiL were getting back together.
It was an attack that Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite witnessed: “John Lydon’s entourage attacked @keleokereke and used racist language,” he wrote. “We were there. That he uses that incident as his reason to support Trump is extremely telling. What a disappointing man.” They’re allegations that Lydon denied at the time, claiming he was “shocked” to be labelled a racist.
During his interview with the Observer, Lydon was asked about George Floyd’s death where he responded: “There’s not anyone I know anywhere that wouldn’t say that wasn’t ghastly. It doesn’t mean all police are nasty or all white folk are racist. Because all lives matter.”
When it was highlighted that such a phrase diminishes the impact of the BLM movement Lydon said he refused to be controlled by political groups and that he was, of course, “anti-racism”.