The legendary frontman for British punk-rock band The Sex Pistols disparaged left-wing “wokeness” which he says is being utilized as a divisive political weapon by overprivileged “tempestuous, spoilt children.”
Johnny Rotten said “wokeness” is being utilized as “a device…by the privileged to keep the working class in their place,” the UK Times reported.
“These people aren’t really genuinely disenfranchised at all. They just view themselves as special. It’s selfishness and in that respect, it’s divisive and can only lead to trouble,” Rotten told the paper.
“These people aren’t really genuinely disenfranchised at all. They just view themselves as special. It’s selfishness and in that respect, it’s divisive and can only lead to trouble,” the 65-year-old punk rock star said.
“I can’t believe that TV stations give some of these lunatics the space. Where is this ‘moral majority’ nonsense coming from when they’re basically the ones doing all the wrong for being so bloody judgmental and vicious against anybody that doesn’t go with the current popular opinion?” Rotten, who was born Johnny Lydon, added.
Continuing, Rotten said he believes the spread of so-called ‘political correctness’ is attributable to “tempestuous spoilt children coming out of colleges and universities with s**t for brains. And I put that in the most polite way.”
Rotten, who now fronts for a band called PiL, became a U.S. citizen in 2013 and was an open, vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump. He told fans he was going to vote for Trump ahead of the 2020 election, adding that he felt he had a deep connection to the former president.
“I feel for him in that respect because I’ve enjoyed the same hate, the same misunderstanding. You know, we go back to early punk — Pistols, PiL, everything I’ve done in my life,” said the rocker.
“I know what it’s like to stand up for what you think is right and to have to endure that that continuous barrage of self-righteous, smug, pompous, condescending, ‘We know better’ nonsense. I know what that’s like,” he added.
He also said that he enjoys being in the United States and, more importantly, seeing it as he travels to his concert venues.
“I love being on a tour bus because I just stare out the window. I’m utterly amazed and transfixed by the difference of scenery from one state to another,” he said.
The forests up north and the swamps down south, all of it, it’s lovely. The people are very, very varied and very forgiving. A new country, new open-mindedness I suppose. Like they’re not really stuck down and nailed to the floor by class warfare,” Rotten added.
Ahead of the November election, Rotten said he felt as though Trump was changing American politics for the better.
“I met him once. I know, what an offensive fella. But he went into politics as the complete individual,” he told Fox News.
“I don’t like politicians really, generally speaking, not many of them at all. I don’t trust of them. He broke that system, that Washington criminality that’s caused the problems for all of us in the first place,” he said.
Rotten said he supported former President Barack Obama for his two terms in office but switched to Trump after he said little changed.
“I was very disappointed in eight years how little was actually achieved,” he said.
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