Muse Criticize Glenn Beck, Rightwing 'Conspiracy Theory Subculture'

Matt Bellamy rips radio host for using 'Uprising' in web video

September 28, 2012 11:50 AM ET
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Matthew Bellamy of Muse.
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Muse are unhappy with the way American right-wingers, particularly Glenn Beck, have embraced their music, The Guardian reports. In an upcoming interview with the Observer on Sunday, singer Matt Bellamy singles out Beck's affinity for the band's 2009 album The Resistance, and criticizes the conservative radio host for using the single "Uprising" in rightwing conspiracy-theorist videos on YouTube.

"In the U.S. the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward rightwing libertarianism," said Bellamy, who describes himself as "a left-leaning libertarian – more in the realm of Noam Chomsky." He continued, "'Uprising' was requested by so many politicians in America for use in their rallies and we turned them down on a regular basis."

Bellamy maintained his lyrical content is more about personal healing than espousing political sentiments. "When I dabble in watching the news and reading about current events I tend to get a future negative view and that's something I've dealt with through music," he said. "It's quite possible I'm slightly paranoid. But I'd say making music is an expression of feelings of helplessness and lack of control that I think a lot of people can relate to."

Muse's next album, The 2nd Law, is out October 2nd.

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