In a recent interview with WSOU, Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer spoke about censorship. He said:
“I’m not a fan of censorship at all, because I’m very much a First Amendment guy. And I think it’s weird that that would even be a topic in America; I don’t think it should be. I mean, I guess there’s a double-edged sword to that.
We’ve played in China, and before we went to China — I guess it was on the ‘Dystopia’ world tour; we did Shanghai and Beijing — and before the government would issue our visas to get into the country, they had to look at the lyrics of the setlist that we were gonna perform.
And the crazy thing that the only thing that was remotely against authoritarianism in that setlist was the song ‘V’, and we were wondering if that was gonna actually cause us to have a problem.
But we put it in there and they were okay with that one. I mean, it isn’t blatantly saying, ‘Rise up and overthrow your tyrannical government,’ but it is kind of saying that. [Laughs] I’m not a fan of censorship. I’m a freedom guy. I’m very much a libertarian type. I’m an American first. I don’t play the divide-and-conquer game of the parties.
I believe in freedom and personal responsibility — pretty much the stuff our founders stood for that seems to have been lost in the mire in the last century especially. That’s just where I stand; let’s put it that way.”
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