Judas Priest's Rob Halford Weighs In On Dan Cathy and Chik-Fil-A

If you thought heavy metal/gay icon Rob Halford was going to join the Chik-Fil-A beatdown, you've got another thing comin'. In an interview with AOL's Noisecreep, Halford not only defended CEO Dan Cathy, but also pro-gay protesters of Chik-Fil-A, and conservatives who have packed Chik-Fil-A's in protest of the protesters. Basically, Halford loves free speech almost as much as he loves assless chaps:  

"Everybody in this country has the right to say what they think and feel and what best represents them. The people at Chick-fil-A have the absolute right to say and do what they want. It doesn't matter that all of these people disagree with their opinion. The question was how would the people that agree with what that man said do to support the company and how would the ones against his anti-gay remarks protest.

"The supporters have been showing up in droves, to spend money at the restaurants and peacefully assemble. But there has obviously been so many people who have gone out and boycotted the company. I think it's great. That's our right here. What you're seeing here are the elements of the American Constitution in all of their glory. It's a wonderful thing to see happening and talk about and the fact that everyone is discussing the gay rights issue is great."

Before our interview ended, Halford wanted to be clear about his stance on the anti-gay marriage issue: "I don't think that man thought too much about the business consequences of what he said, but I think he was standing for what he believes in. I don't agree with him at all, but God bless the man. It's as simple as that."

And God bless Rob Halford. (Via NRO's Kevin Williamson.)

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    Ten bucks says he'll be branded a self-hating gay and something of a traitor by one leftist rag or another.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    The dude micro-aggressed himself. That's COLD.

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    Wow, an artist I like with actual integrity when it comes to free speech. Not that it matters towards my enjoyment of his work, but it's still nice to see.

    I Am a Pig

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    The 90s were a terrible time for metal.

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    That's not metal, dumbass, and neither is Trent Reznor's influence on it.

    I'm Afraid of Americans

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    Which is exactly what was most terrible about 90s metal.

  • Joe R.||

    Yeah. You had Pantera, and...more Pantera.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Judas Priest probably doesn't have a lot of love for the Democrats after Tipper Gore and the PMRC.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Not sure. I think she helped them sell a lotta records.

    Kind of like the Chick-Fil-A thing. "Thanks, Tipper! Hate us some moar, pleez!"

  • T o n y||

    Sorry but he's said nothing that anybody really disagrees with.

  • Mike M.||

    Nobody besides the mayors of about three or four large cities and a bunch of pissant alderman types.

  • The Hammer||

    He said something that several mayors of major cities disagree with. But of course, those mayors are all of a certain political affiliation, so you won't acknowledge that, right?

  • The Hammer||

    Dammit, I need to refresh more.

  • The Hammer||

    At any point in the interview, did he say "Fuck Rahm Emanuel, that fascist dirtbag?"

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Halford must've not been on his game come interview time, else he would have done the right thing and called Emanuel a fascist dirtbag*.

    *Or "Mayor".

  • ||

    If I were gay, I hope I would be able to pull off being gay like Rob Halford.

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    You'd be the gayest monster since gay came to Gaytown. Emphasis on monster.

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    I am the bear's bear's bear.

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    Dennis: Some gay guys are twinks, and others are bears. This gay guy's a bear. By the way we're totally cool with that. To each his own.

    Frank: Wait, I'm a little confused here. What's a twink?

    Dennis: A twink is small and slender, like Mike Perkins.

    Mac: Oh no, I'm too muscular, I would be a bear.

    Dennis: Ohh don't think so bro. Not hairy enough.

    Frank: Smooth. I would be a bear.

    Dennis: No no, see I don't think you'd be a bear either. As a matter of fact, I don't know what you would be, because you're definitely not a twink.

    Frank: I'd be a top, that's for sure.

    Mac: Can a twink be a top, or is that reserved for bears?

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    That's just fucking GAY, Epi.

  • Mr Whipple||

    Twink and bear?

    Is that the male equivalent of Diesel and Lipstick?

  • Scaliwag||

    "If I were gay, I hope I would be able to pull off"

    What would prevent you?

  • gaijin||

    oh, you're not?

  • ||

    way to go rob! i remember when i first heard british steel (on vinyl of course).

    this makes me want to go out and buy the CD.

    rob GETS it

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    this makes me want to go out and buy the CD.

    CD's? Really? It's 2012! C'mon Dunphy, use some of those dollars the taxpayers graciously give you and get an iPod. Better yet, just get the new iPhone. iTunes is fucking godhead!

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Fuck paying for shitty faddish hipster proprietary formats when free mp3 files still exist. To put on CDs.

  • Agammamon||

    ". . .much as he loves assless chaps"

    Is there any such thing as "assed" chaps?

  • The Hammer||

    I think the "Assless" implies that he is not wearing pants underneath them.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    "It's OK - you still gotta little ass left..."

    Eddie Murphy (roughly) - Bev H Cop II

  • The Unknown Pundit||

    Is there any such thing as "assed" chaps?

    Exactly. All chaps are assless.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Is there any such thing as "assed" chaps?

    Yes. They're called pants.

  • Restoras||

    I played the death out of my British Steel cassette whilst driving around the rural confines of Orange County, NY. Good times.

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    i used to play rage against the machine while in uniform directing traffic at off-duties

    cause i'm all edgy and shit!

  • Matrix||

    You justify those that died by wearing the badge. They're the chosen whites!

  • Ted S.||

    Orange County isn't as rural as Ulster, I'll have you know!

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    I wish I could remember anything about the 80s besides Thundercats. They must have been pretty awesome.

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    The 80s, I mean. I know the Thundercats were awesome.

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    There were parts of the 80s that were great, and then there were things like White Lion and Stryper.

    You take the good with the bad.

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    I had never heard of White Lion. That was harsh, Epi. I will have my revenge.

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    Victory is mine!

  • Mr Whipple||

  • Restoras||

    Snarf? Snarf was the pre-incarnation of Jar-Jar Binks. Aside from that, yeah, Thundercats was awesome.

  • Matrix||

    It was awesome when I was a kid. But when I went back and started watching those shows about 2 years ago, I was thinking, "wow, this voice acting is terrible."

    I look at the crap kids today watch, and then I realize the torment our parents went through with the crap we watched.

  • Scarcity||

    OT: It's National Night! We can't let those authoritarian Singaporans out-fuck us. Be an American, dammit, and go have sex NOW!

    If you need some inspiration, the government of Singapore has produced this motivational video. This is not a joke.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

    "Singapore's population, it needs some increasin', so forget waving flags, August 9th we be freaking."

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    How the fuck are there no Asian babes in that video? What a massively wasted opportunity.

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    Because Singaporean chicks are fugly.

  • RBS||

    He said Asian. Use some from one of the hot countries, it's not anyone will notice.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Why is it in English, is that their national language? Or are they cunning...never mind.

  • John Thacker||

    One of their official languages, yes. People in Singapore speak English lor.

  • Calidissident||

    I've only met one girl from Singapore (she's a foreign exchange student at my school) and she's pretty cute. Not amazing, but a 6 or 7. Though it's only one, idk what the general population is like

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    I lived their during my prime youth masturbation years and I can tell you than in general it is pretty bad. Even the actresses were just "pretty cute." It was truly hell on earth having to download pictures from the US over dial up.

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    The one big exception were the Tiger Beer girls.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Because Singaporean chicks are fugly.

    Wait, did you hang out on the same Orchard Street that I hung out on? Because, I saw a lot of hot Chinese-princess types strolling down there.

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    Yep, and I was obviously exagerrating but I still think that Singaporeans are low on the asian chick totem pole.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Now I'm hungry for some Lawry's, The Prime Rib spinning salad! Dammit.

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    Well I'm certainly not craving what passed for mexican food or BBQ there but I can think of dozens of things I want from a hawker stand.

  • Scarcity||

    Hmm, bad link. National Night, take 2:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jxU89x78ac

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    That is the highest satire, because it's real, but it's indistinguishable from satire. This is Poe's law turned on its head.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Waitaminute...a celebrity/musician/actor type with sensible views?!

    OK, the first sign is upon us.

  • Mike M.||

    I have no proof of this, but I suspect that there are a lot more liberterian types in the entertainment industry than any of us realize.

    It's just that most of them are smart enough to keep quiet, because they know that if they speak out they'll get blackballed.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    I already liked Halford just cause. This just increased my respeck for him.

    *fist bump* [YEAH, I SAID IT!]

    Well said, bruddah.

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    Judas Priest-related: Heavy Metal Parking Lot

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The guy who inspired heavy metal fashion is more intelligent than several elected officials - not surprising, but worth pointing out.

  • Restoras||

    The guy who inspired heavy metal fashion is more intelligent than several almost all elected officials - not surprising, but worth pointing out.

    Just sayin'.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Halford had a funny line about the "subliminal" bullshit lawsuit - something like 'if we were going to try to brainwash our fans, it would be counter productive to get them to kill themselves. We'd probably say something like 'buy more of our records' instead.'

  • Scaliwag||

    Not if you're working for Satan, who pays top dollar for souls.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    While on the topic of free speech - just in cast I can't make it for the evening links - the zombie Mohammed judge got a private rebuke from the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board:

    http://www.volokh.com/2012/08/.....-the-case/

  • Randian||

    I have to say that blithely stating everyone has the right to say what they want is not really taking much of a stand on the ethics of the situation. It's just an accurate observation (setting aside the city fascist functionaries of Boston and Chicago) on the state of everyone's rights.

  • John||

    I have to say that blithely stating everyone has the right to say what they want is not really taking much of a stand on the ethics of the situation.

    IN our upside down insane world it is.

  • Randian||

    I will say that some truly terrifying points of view came out of the CFA thing.

    There were more than a few comments supporting the aldermen and Menino. Why? Because it is impossible to govern fairly and politicians are supposed to enforce their politics through government.

    That's fucking scary.

  • John||

    It is called fascism Randian. And it has always been scary, when it wasn't being ridiculous and comical.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    You think you've private lives
    Think nothing of the kind
    There is no true escape
    I'm watching all the time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1B_pZC8aWU

  • guitargeek||

    Definitely one of their better songs.

  • Ted S.||

    Private eyes
    They're watching you;
    They see your every move

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    All chaps are assless. If they had an ass, they'd be pants.

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