Russia’s presidential advisor Vladislav Surkov used certain lines from the lyrics of Five Finger Death Punch, the famous U.S. heavy metal band; by quoting these lines, he condemned the West for its ‘hypocrisy’, dual standards and propaganda. Russia Today’s official website re-posted his article last week, invoking the protest of Five Finger Death Punch front man Zoltan Bathory.
‘In one of their hits, Wash It All Away, they sing something like this: ‘All of the chaos/And all of the lies/I hate it’, ‘I'm wasting here/Can anyone wash it all away?’, ‘I've given up/On society/Up on my family/Up on your social disease… On the industry/Up on democracy/Done with all your hypocrisy’. The song appeared in 2015 – just before the unusual elections in 2016, the course and outcome of which became a dramatic and – so far – not so successful attempt of the ‘great society’ to clean itself up from hypocrisy and ‘wash it all away’. The naivety is fighting decency on the national level; and what’s normal on the national level in the U.S. becomes a global trend worldwide,’ Surkov wrote.
Zoltan Bathory replied to the article on Facebook several days after it was published. ‘It's especially interesting that we just happened to be in Russia at the moment. We had a fantastic show at the Stadium in Moscow yesterday... The energy of the crowd was incredible. We love our Russian fans just as much as they love us, Bathory wrote. ’ I grew up on this side of the iron curtain in communism... so I have ACTUAL memories of the cold war.... Even back then... though we were told by the communist media that America was the "Enemy"... Nobody... and I mean nobody sane actually believed that'.
The musician urged the media to be responsible for whatever they publish and keep the general values above the media ratings. ‘Let’s tone down the hysteria and try harder with that dialogue’, he concluded.