Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford: ‘I Don’t Believe ISIS Is Real’
Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford is an unapologetic conspiracy theorist. The ethos of RATM's "question everything" mentality has certainly stuck with Commerford throughout the years, but some of the musician's beliefs are way out there, including the theory that terrorist group ISIS does not actually exist.
After Commerford warned Rolling Stone that they didn't want to delve into his depths as a conspiracy theorist, the publication pressed on, getting some far out opinions from the bassist. "I don't believe ISIS is real," says Commerford. "ISIS has been an inspiration for a lot of the songs that I wrote with Wakrat. I don't believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, 'OK, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let's all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS.' That's a bunch of s--t. I don't believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don't think they're fake."
He continues, "They're not real. They're high-def. They have a soundtrack. The parts of those videos that you couldn't fake are edited out. At first, I thought it was edited out by our government so our kids wouldn't be seeing it on the Internet, but no. That's the way those videos came. The knife starts to cut the neck, and then it fades out. There's too much stuff that doesn't look real. They've edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs."
When pressed about the people who ISIS had claimed to kill, Commerford responded, "They were already dead." Commerford also went into fake moon landing theories and his thoughts on the next presidential election.
Commerford's newest band, Wakrat, just played its first show on Sept. 24 opening for Royal Blood in Los Angeles. Rage members Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello were in attendance to support their longtime friend.
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