Slipknot's Clown Says Face Masks Are "Business as Usual"

"Why not wear a mask to just protect yourself?"
Slipknot's Clown Says Face Masks Are 'Business as Usual'
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Clown from Slipknot — metalhead, drummer, public health ambassador.

In a new interview with Forbes, the clown-masked percussionist — real name Shawn Crahan — said he won't ever stop wearing a protective face mask, pandemic or not.

"I mean I'm glad at least the majority of the world has been profoundly open to the idea of, 'Hey, when you're going to be out in public there's a chance you could be around someone with pneumonia, the flu, or just a nasty cough, why not wear a mask to just protect yourself?'" Crahan said. 

He continued: "We live in a filthy world, and we live in a world where people don't wash their hands, they wipe their nose and they open the door and then you touch it. I have four children and I know what it's like to drop your kid off at school and they come home sick and then you're sick."

Crahan is no stranger to masks, of course, having sported his distinctive clown mask on stage for more than two decades.

"I've been in this business 25 years, and people are filthy all over the world. So when I had to be in the studio and I was asked to put on a mask, it didn't bother me, it was business as usual," he said.

Previously, Crahan's bandmate Corey Taylor sounded off on the subject of anti-vaxxers, blaming misinformation inside "conspiratorial echo chambers" for people thinking that getting vaccinated is like "signing a deal with the devil."

In 2020, the band invited fans to participate in a virtual mask-making contest.

In related news, Crahan revealed that Slipknot are currently working on the follow-up to 2019's We Are Not Your Kind. That record was named among Exclaim!'s 10 Best Metal and Hardcore Albums of 2019