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Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello Blasts Paul Ryan for having Wrong Type of "Rage"

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The Romney campaign doesn't seem to be a hit with the rock n' roll world, as social activist and Rage Against the Machine guitarist blasted GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Thursday night on Rolling Stone's website. 

Tom Morello told the site that Ryan is an "embodiment of the machine our music rages against." This is a particularly hurtful blow to Ryan, considering he recently said Rage Against the Machine was his favorite band. 

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Morello compared Ryan's love of the band to Charles Manson's misplaced love for The Beatles music -- which the Helter Skelter mastermind claimed -- and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's love for Bruce Springsteen. 

The guitarist said the reason he dislikes Ryan is because he is "guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent." He also stated that Ryan does have "rage," but not the right kind. He said Ryan has a "rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor," and "a rage against the environment."

These kind of outspoken opinions are typical of Morello, who has been involved in activism throughout his career. He recently advocated for the "Robin Hood Tax" with actor Mark Ruffalo and Coldplay singer Chris Martin. The tax would take money from all financial transactions and use the funds for assisting those who suffered during the recession. 

In April, Morello called for 10,000 guitarists to join him at Occupy Wall Street as a "guitarmy." 

Another rock band that seems to dislike the Romney and Ryan duo is The Silversun Pickups. The band recently sent a cease-and-desist to Romney for playing their "Panic Switch" song at a campaign event.

A spokeswoman for the campaign said the song was indeed used without permission, but it was legal since the song was covered "under a blanket licensing agreement." The Romney campaign said they will not use the song again. 

Silversun Pickups frontman Brian Aubert said about the incident: "We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign. We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney!"