GUITARIST GARY HOLT RESPONDS TO COMEDIAN KEVIN HART WEARING AN EXODUS T-SHIRT
Comedian Kevin Hart, who is currently on a publicity tour, with his pal Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, for the forthcoming movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, has been pictured wearing an Exodus T-shirt.
After viewing some of the footage posted online, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, posted the following message to his Instagram account:
“”Okay everyone… yes I’ve seen this! Haha! Is he a fan? I highly doubt it, more likely his stylist bought it for a small fortune at some vintage tee shirt shop, if it’s not a modern bootleg. How do I feel? Eh. Another dude using metal shirts to look edgy. Who knows? BUT. I’m a HUGE Kevin Hart fan, so I give him a pass cause he makes me laugh my ass off!”
Hart is just the latest in a growing trend of celebrities wearing heavy metal t-shirts as high fashion. Rapper Kanye West has previously been criticized for repping vintage band tees, and Kim Kardashian is regularly spotted wearing Metallica t-shirts.
Back in 2017, Kim’s half-siblings, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, used iconic rock images of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, KISS, Led Zeppelin, etc. superimposed with their own, to sell as T-shirts (see them here). The Jenners apologized for the offensive merchandise.
Additionally, after Kendall Jenner was seen getting wearing a Slayer T-shirt, guitarist Gary Holt, who also plays with SLAYER — apparently responded by wearing a t-shirt onstage that read “Kill The Kardashians”.
According to blabbermouth.net, after Kanye West was spotted wearing a Testament t-shirt in 2016, the band’s guitarist Alex Skolnick reacted negatively in an online post, writing, “Goodness gracious. This whole decrepit clan must have picked up a pile of old concert t-shirts (the same pile Kourtney K’s Slayer shirt came from) which have somehow become a ‘thing’ in trendy fashion (who’d have thought?!!). Inconceivable that any of these pop-culture vultures know who the heck any of the bands are. My guess is he thinks it’s a religious group (not the first time that’s happened). That is, if he thinks at all, which lately seems unlikely. And I thought this time period couldn’t get any weirder…”