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Machine Gun Kelly dubbed “Squirt Gun Smelly” by Trivium’s Matt Heafy

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When Machine Gun Kelly recently dissed Slipknot as “50 years old, wearing a f***ing weird mask on a f***ing stage,” he angered a lot of the beloved metal outfit’s fans, including Trivium frontman Matt Heafy.

In a tweet over the weekend, Heafy wrote, “I’d like to formally diss Machine Gun Kelly for ‘being 31 years old wearing a f***ing 16 year old pop punk cosplay identity on a f***ing stage.'”

If that didn’t adequately get his point across, Heafy provided MGK with a new nickname: “Squirt Gun Smelly.”

“I never thought about [Kelly] till he took a shot at Slipknot — who are a band who’s paved the way for bands like mine. Thousands of bands like mine,” Heafy added. “Squirt Gun is a clout chaser. And even though it’s all a PR stunt, a shot at SK needs an addressing.”

In addition to the online criticism, Kelly also learned how metal fans felt about him in person during his set at the Louder than Life festival over the weekend, which was met with a roar of boos from the crowd.

Kelly first slung his diss at Slipknot during his performance at Riot Fest earlier this month. Bad blood between him and Knot frontman Corey Taylor apparently stems from a scrapped collaboration between the two that was planned for Kelly’s 2020 album, Tickets to My Downfall.

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