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OTRC: Rage Against the Machine not happy Paul Ryan is a fan

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine appears in a July 2012 photo posted on his official Instagram account. / Paul Ryan appears in a photo posted on his official Facebook page on April 6, 2012. (Instagram.com/TomMorello / Facebook.com/reppaulryan)

Rage Against the Machine front man Tom Morello is not happy that Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan is a fan of his music.

Mitt Romney's running mate recently told the New York Times that Rage Against the Machine was one of his favorite bands. Morello responded with a Rolling Stones op-ed, making it clear that the feeling isn't mutual.

"Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades," Morello wrote in Rolling Stone. "Ryan claims that he likes Rage's sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage."

Rage Against the Machine's music often includes rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism and government oppression.

"Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta 'rage' in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment," Morello continued. "Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."

Morello wasn't the only one who had no love for Paul Ryan. Many celebrities and musicians had strong reactions to Romney's announcement that the Wisconsin congressman would be his running mate.

"My hope is that maybe Paul Ryan is a mole," Morello joked. "Maybe Rage did plant some sensible ideas in this extreme fringe right wing nut job. Maybe if elected, he'll pardon Leonard Peltier. Maybe he'll throw U.S. military support behind the Zapatistas. Maybe he'll fill Guantanamo Bay with the corporate criminals that are funding his campaign ? and then torture them with Rage music 24/7. That's one possibility. But I'm not betting on it."

The Romney campaign has faced other opposition from musicians recently.

Earlier this week, band Devo released the song "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)," written from the perspective of Mitt Romney's Irish Setter, who the presidential candidate famously strapped to the roof of the family car in 1983.

"This isn't a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama," bassist-vocalist Gerald Casale told Rolling Stone magazine. "But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It's just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don't feel that Mitt does."

Meanwhile, members of the band Silversun Pickups issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Romney campaign, for using their 2009 song "Panic Switch."

"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign. We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney," the band's vocalist Brian Aubert said in a statement. "We were very close to just letting this go, because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends."

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