Maynard James Keenan says a “borderline extinction-level event” would save the world from online trolls.
The Puscifer, Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman takes aim at trolls on Puscifer single The Remedy and he jokes that a natural disaster could be the only thing that would wipe out the sense of entitlement that trolls have.
He tells AX Central: “I think maybe just that entitlement, the ability to immediately express an unfounded opinion that’s not based on any kind of data or fact or research. It’s just your opinion.
“It’s unfortunate. What I think would help is some borderline extinction-level event. I think that would kind of set everything pretty straight.
“Something gorgeous. A meteor, a few tidal waves, maybe a rapid Ice Age, something to kind of make you worry more about food, clothing and shelter, rather than tweeting.”
The singer adds that he’s as uncomfortable with people who are offended without good reason as he is by trolls. And he suggests introducing spanking for university students as a possible solution.
He says: “I think there’s a misconception out there about how offended people actually are and why you would give credence to anybody who was offended by anything. So what? So you’re offended. And? You’re still breathing. You’re still walking. Nothing’s changed about what’s going on with you. I think it’s silly.
“I think at the college level, each teacher should have a pack of vouchers and they’re allowed to spank 12 students over the course of the year. College students. Not children or babies.
“If they’re over 18, you’re allowed to take that student, put them over your knee and spank them in front of the class and embarrass them. Put them in the corner with a dunce cap. But you’re only allowed to do that 12 times a year. See how that works.”
Puscifer are on tour in support of latest album Money Shot, while the status on Tool’s long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days remains unclear.
Puscifer Remaining Tour Dates 2016
Mar 22: Omaha Orpheum Theatre, NE
Mar 23: Minneapolis Northrop Auditorium, MN
Mar 25: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI
Mar 26: Grand Rapids Devos Performance Hall, MI
Mar 28: Rockford Coronado Theatre, IL
Mar 29: Indianapolis Old National Centre Murat Theatre, IN
Mar 30: Columbus The LC Indoor Pavilion, OH
Apr 01: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Apr 02: Detroit The Fillmore, MI
Apr 04: Akron Akron Civic Theatre, OH
Apr 05: Buffalo Center for the Arts, NY
Apr 06: Toronto Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, ON
Apr 08: Portland Merrill Auditorium, ME
Apr 09: Huntington The Paramount, NY
Apr 10: Reading Santander Performing Arts Center, PA
Apr 12: Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center, NJ
Apr 13: Red Bank Count Basie Theatre, NJ
Apr 16: Providence Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, RI
May 30: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 31: London The Roundhouse, UK
Jun 02: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 06: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland
Jun 07: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
Jun 09: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 12: Brussels Ancienne Belgique, Belgium
Jun 13: Esch Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Jun 15: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Jun 16: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden