RACHEL MADDOW Apologizes To SLAYER Fans For Getting TOM ARAYA's Name Wrong

February 24, 2017

Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show", has apologized for repeatedly referring to SLAYER frontman Tom Araya as "Tim" Araya during a broadcast of her program.

Back on January 20, Maddow opened her show by drawing an unlikely connection between the 2010 "American Carnage" tour featuring SLAYER, MEGADETH and TESTAMENT and President Donald Trump's grim inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of the America he now leads, declaring, as he had throughout the election campaign, that it is beset by crime, poverty and a lack of bold action. "This American carnage stops right here," Trump declared in his speech. "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it's going to be America first."

During the segment, Maddow referred to Araya as "Tim" on several occasions, drawing the ire of metalheads everywhere, who questioned her journalistic skills and bashed her incessantly on social media for getting the name of their hero wrong.

Earlier this week, while alerting viewers that she would be part of a special broadcast looking at the first month of Donald Trump's presidency, Maddow finally offered up an apology for her slip-up and revealed that she would be wearing a special "American Carnage" tour t-shirt to make amends for the embarrassing month-old typo.

"For more than one month now, I have wallowed in shame over a mistake that I made on inauguration day," she said. "I have felt bad for more than a month. But tonight, perhaps an opportunity for a reprieve, because tonight, right after the show, we are going back to 'American Carnage'. Tonight is our special on Trump, the first month. But tonight, I am going to get 'American Carnage' right. I've got my 'American Carnage' tour t-shirt, I've got SLAYER lyrics tattooed on the inside of my eyeballs. Tonight I get a second chance to get at least the metal part of this right."

This is not the first time heavy metal bands were mentioned on Maddow's program. Back in August 2012, she brought up the Tampa, Florida death metal scene in a segment debunking stories in the day's news. Three years earlier, she interviewed METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich about a number of topics, including how he felt about his group's music being used to psychologically torture prisoners of war.

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