Every now and again, people (usually conservatives) hop online to announce to the world that they’ve been listening to the band Rage Against the Machine without comprehending a single lyric by complaining about the group being “political” in their social media posts. This time, the band posted in support of Palestinians, who are currently suffering under a surge of violence from Israel in the apartheid state they’ve created to oppress the indigenous population.
“The violence and atrocities we are witnessing in Sheikh Jarrah, the Al Aqsa compound and Gaza are a continuation of decades of Israel’s brutal apartheid and violent occupation of Palestine,” reads the tweet Rage’s official account.
Cue the angry comments from people who have no clue what the “machine” in the band’s name is referring to.
Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine creator and guitarist, has a degree in political science from Harvard.
Rage Against the Machine songs were almost exclusively about political topics, particularly on the topics of white supremacy, war, genocide, and fighting oppression. They recorded multiple songs that mentioned the plight of the Palestinians and clearly in support of them, such as “War Within a Breath,” which states “Yes, for Raza livin’ in La La, like Gaza on to the dawn of Intifada.”
Though it may be annoying to actual fans of the band to see people time and time again loudly declare that they have no clue what any of the songs are about, it’s rather uplifting to see the number of more educated folks making fun of their cluelessness. Here are some of our favorite jokes: