There is this sort of fantastic equality about social media — it’s kind of like the new age Smith & Wesson. Anybody can tear down anybody — there’s no preferential treatment for celebs in new media.
Just as Joey Graceffa got served when he claimed his car had been unfairly towed, Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, is feeling the burn.
Morello had just completed a performance in Seattle on behalf of living wages for workers. He then took his entourage to the 5 Points Cafe for a little after-performance nosh … yum, right?
Well something went wrong and Morello took to Twitter with the following message:
“For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share.
“Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.
“I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or not addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in RAGE and your work for workers rights since.
“P.S.: Rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.
“And P.S.S.: I’m the owner of The 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a city-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…
“P.S.S.S.: [It] turns out [Tom] and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman, who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys: ‘I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.’”
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Then this happened:
Morello has since deleted the tweets but thanks to Blabbermouth.net, this story gets to live in perpetuity. Who’s the machine now, Tom? Sorry, that sounded more clever in my head.
Be sure to share on Twitter and Facebook so you don’t look like a mini Tom Morello.