Trapt Reportedly Booted From Facebook for Posting Hate Speech
Update, 11:18 a.m.: Trapt have tweeted about this whole thing now. You can see their response, and the post which got them kicked off Facebook, below. The band has threatened a lawsuit, as we predicted they would.
Trapt made headlines this year for the first time in nearly two decades after frontman Chris Taylor Brown went on a pro-Trump Twitter tirade at the start of the pandemic lockdown. That tirade drew the ire of a number of notable musicians, including Power Trip’s Riley Gale, Body Count’s Ice-T, Atilla’s Chris Fronzak, and Danny Diablo, as well as members of Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, Born of Osiris, Chelsea Grin, and I Prevail (even Phil Labonte doesn’t have this dude’s back). Brown subsequently claimed he was being bullied and went on to make anti-Semitic comments, blame George Floyd for his own death, and endorse the far-right, neo-fascist hate group the Proud Boys.
But now it now appears that Brown’s politics may have gotten Trapt kicked off of Facebook, which is currently the largest social media platform in the world.
Multiple Facebook users who recently reported Trapt for violating the platform’s community standards by posting hate speech have reported receiving near-identical replies letting them know the band’s page has been deleted. The specific details of the post in question are not currently available.
Before the page was deleted, Trapt had 596,480 followers, which is 595,880 more people than purchased their most recent album its first week of release.
They still have 26.4K followers on Twitter, where Brown is currently on a ranting spree about how the election was stolen from Donald Trump. He has not, as of this writing, commented on the FB situation, although I’m sure he will as soon as this article goes live, presumably by saying it’s fake news and making empty threats about baseless lawsuits.
Meanwhile, there’s still no word on whether or not Mr. Trapt will appear on Judge Judy, where he’s been invited to air a case brought against him by a music video director who claims the band owes him $4,000.
Additional reporting by Phil Boozeman.