Clown Offers Nonsensical Commentary for the Hollywood Undead Video He Directed
Before we begin, I’d just like to take a moment to say that I sincerely like Slipknot. I know a lot of people think that’s nuts, but whatever, once they started playing down the DJ and rapping shit from their first album they actually began to write some really good songs.
That being said, this is just so far beyond silly I have to say something.
Yesterday Revolver debuted the below clip of Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan discussing that ridiculous music video he directed for Hollywood Undead last year. Alas, his comments do not make the video seem any less ridiculous. He seems to think he’s doing a commentary for the latest groundbreaking Bergman masterpiece to be selected by The Criterion Collection, not an interview about a video in which guys in silly masks rap, being conducted by a magazine that recently had Asking Alexandria on the cover. “If you watch it thinking you understand everything, than you obviously don’t know the art I’m making,” he asserts at one point. And remember that this is the guy who got rich and famous dressing up as a creepy clown and hitting a garbage can with a baseball bat during songs with titles like “People = Shit,” “Pulse of the Maggots,” and “Butcher’s Hook.”
For example, one thing he seems to really harp on is this concept of “We left these little messages… they’re not purposely hidden, but they’re filmed in a way to not make it easy for you.” And I guess there probably are Hollywood Undead fans who would be inclined to watch this clip again and again and again, except that there is absolutely no reason to, because the video actually does make it really easy for you.
For example, at one point, Clown says the following:
“When you watch George in his room with the cocaine, the cocaine spells out something. I’m not gonna tell you what it spells out, because then you would have no need to watch it, think about it, [and] put it together.”
First, a very quick digression: one of the members of Hollywood Undead is named George? Seriously?
Second: it doesn’t take multiple viewings to see what the coke spells out. At all. It very clearly says, “We are made from broken parts.” I noted as much in my original post on the video, but in case you forgot, look: they show it eight times from multiple angles, just to make sure you get it. Even when it’s a little out of focus (or a part of it is out of focus), it’s pretty clear what it says:
I mean, you would have to be a real Holgado not to see it. It would be like if on Lost, instead of having the numbers, they had a message that said “This show is called Lost.” It adds no new layer to the work at all.
Look, I’m not saying Clown can’t be proud of his work. I’m just saying: lighten up, dude! You’re a rich musician from Des Moines! So what if you’re not exactly Dziga Vertov? Life is good!