Maynard James Keenan called out "entitled snowflakes" from the stage of a Boston music festival and told them to start respecting law enforcement and the military.
Keenan and his band Tool were closing out the Boston Calling Music Festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex on Sunday when he went on his rant, said WAAF Radio.
Keenan, who previously served in the U.S. Army, was dressed in riot gear on stage.
"As artists, we interpret and report, that's our job," Keenan told the audience, per WAAF. "We are merchants of emotion. We have the privilege to do that because of active and former law enforcement and military defending our right to do so."
"Those of you who are law enforcement and military, your job is to defend our right to act like whining, entitled snowflake a*******. Myself being one. Snowflakes, your job is to respect that I'm f****** doing that for you. Divided we fall. Don't believe the hype dumb-dumbs, we're all in this together," Keenan said to cheers from the audience.
In a 2016 article with Rolling Stone magazine, Keenan said he learned a "warrior's perspective" from his time in the military and how to sharpen his skills by competing against himself.
"I feel like from an artist perspective there is that warrior's perspective and I feel like that's in each one of us," Keenan told Rolling Stone. "… What I embraced about the military is that that warrior's mindset that you're competing against yourself and just understanding that you have to be able to get into that mindset in certain situations. But at the end of the day, you're competing against yourself."
Reaction to Keenan's on-stage speech was mixed on social media.
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