DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has been criticized on social media for suggesting an oversimplified solution to the student loan crisis.
Apparently in response to yesterday's news that the federal moratorium on student loan repayments, which was set to end next month, has been extended through August 31, Draiman shared a 2019 political cartoon from Rick McKee, the staff cartoonist at The Augusta Chronicle. In the cartoon, a professor can be seen standing next to a huge white board and using a pointer to highlight to a student the two-step solution to the student debt crisis: "1. You took out a loan. 2. Pay it back."
As expected, Draiman's tweet was met with an overwhelmingly negative reaction from many of his followers, some of whom directed their ire at his band.
"We should all just pull up our bootstraps and sell 17 million records by making monkey sounds with our mouths," one person wrote.
"It's been a while since you've been relevant. Probably gets mistaken as rogan at the mall', another user tweeted.
"So glad I hated DISTURBED as a kid. Knew there was a reason"," a third person said.
"Dude in a washed-up band with more money than most people will ever see tells poor people to just 'pay back their crippling debt'", a fourth person tweeted.
A couple of other Twitter users also blasted the 49-year-old Draiman for using a shirtless photo of himself as his profile picture.
"This is funny coming from a dude who doesn't even have a shirt on in his pfp", one person wrote. "Youre almost 50", another user added.
In response to criticism of his Twitter profile photo, David wrote: "I was comfortable lol. Not sure why that makes it funny, but go ahead, knock yourself out".
One person who was seemingly in agreement with Draiman was former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, who wrote: "Are they gonna pay off my mortgage ? I'm waiting for that as well".
Nearly 46 million Americans have $1.6 trillion in federal student loans.
A little over 10 years ago, in quarter two of 2011, Americans owed roughly $905 billion in student loans, which means that U.S. student debt has increased by more than 91% in the past decade.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. federal government enacted a freeze in student loan repayments since March 2020.
Draiman recently sold his house in Honolulu, Hawaii for more than $6 million and announced plans to relocate to Miami, Florida.
The singer and his DISTURBED bandmates are working on material for the follow-up to 2018's "Evolution" album, tentatively due later in the year.