Dave Mustaine has made quite a name for himself. Not only does he front the hugely popular Megadeth, but he's also known for putting his foot in his mouth. Take this example:
"I'm fairly intelligent on stuff I'm talking about because if I don't know about a subject, I won't talk about it."
Oh, Dave. The things you say!
Let's dive right in and count down to the most controversial comments made by Dave Mustaine... so far.
Obama was not born in America
Is Dave a "birther"? It sure sounds like it, judging by this comment about Obama's place of birth:
"I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not where he was born," he said. "I know he was born somewhere else than America.
"How come he was invisible until he became whatever he was in Illinois? They have no record of him."
No record? What's this then? A fake birth certificate?
Rick Santorum is the best Republican candidate
Dave is entitled to support any Republican candidate he wants - but that didn't stop many rock fans from finding his support controversial.
It started when he discussed each of the current Republican candidates, and said of his favorite:
"I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House ... and that it's Rick Santorum."
The backlash was big enough that Dave distanced himself from the comments the following day:
"Contrary to how some people have interpreted my words, I have not endorsed any presidential candidate. What I did say was that I hope to see a Republican in the White House."
Yes, you did say that - then specified that it was Rick Santorum.
I don't support gay marriage
Dave likes to be strict about his Christian beliefs, so it's no surprise that he isn't into gay marriage.
When asked if he supported gay marriage, he replied: "Well, since I'm not gay, the answer to that would be no."
The interviewer rephrased the question, looking to see if he would at least support the concept of gay marriage. Dave didn't mince his words: "I'm Christian. The answer to that would be no."
Readers were divided over the issue, with some saying he had a right to follow his Christian beliefs and others suggesting he was wrong to suggest certain people should not be treated equally.
Either way, the debate raged on and Dave soon had to expand on his views:
"I'm a Christian, I'm a heterosexual man. It's like me worrying about cat owners. I don't like cats. I don't have anything against them, but I don't want one. I know that's a really crazy connection ... gay stuff is not part of my life."
There's just one thing. To use his cat analogy, he's essentially saying cat owners shouldn't be allowed to own cats. A little unreasonable, no?
To settle this, let's just say that cat owners should be treated exactly same as other people who like pets.
They take God out of school to dumb us down
Dave hints at some kind of conspiracy to take God out of school books and dumb down the nation's youth:
"It's pretty clear that they're taking prayer out of school. It's been happening for a very long time. The very first schoolbook that was written had God all over it. I collect books and I have some really, really old schoolbooks, and God is mentioned on every single page. They're taking God out of the schools to dumb us down."
If only these textbooks stopped pretending the world was more than 5000 years old! If only these books didn't explain the things we've been learning about the world over the last 50 years, where we have discovered more about our world than ever before! If only our kids would just stop learning to question everything! Gah!
Dave heals cancer with his magic hands
Miracles really can happen:
"I met a fan in Kentucky who had throat cancer. He was only supposed to live a few weeks. For some reason, I reached out, grabbed his throat, and started praying for the dude. He lives long enough to give me [the certificate] on our next tour."
Now then. You skeptics out there better hold your horses, and give Dave a fair chance.
Let's weigh it up. Either the doctors were wrong with their estimate of how long this poor cancer victim had to live, or Dave really held off the cancer using the power of prayer. What do you think?
Of course, if Dave really can hold off the damage caused by cancer, maybe he should quit music and spend more time in cancer wards. Just sayin'.
African women should put a plug in it
In a jaw-dropping display of ignorance, Dave Mustaine literally said African women should "put a plug in it" and stop having children if they can't feed them. He literally said it. Look, here's the proof:
"I watch some of these shows from over in Africa, and you've got starving women with six kids. Well, how about, you know, put a plug in it? It's like, you shouldn't be having children if you can't feed them."
He really said it. Those words fell from his mouth while he sat in a chair, relaxing.
Perhaps Dave's hypothetical vision of a hunger-free Africa is women saying to each other "Well, thank goodness for these plugs! Before this, I just couldn't stop having children. They just kept dropping out me, one after another. Pop! Pop! Pop! And it was only after they were born that I realised I couldn't feed them. Bless these plugs, and their contraceptive ability. And bless Dave Mustaine and his nobel prize worthy idea!"
Or perhaps not. But one thing is for sure: his comment was very controversial indeed.
It seems that many of his comments are based around his Christian faith. People are entitled to believe what they like, and we want to be clear that we're just highlighting why Dave's comments appear controversial, whether they're correct or not.
Dave has plenty of supporters, so the world isn't against him, but one great summary of the Mustaine opposition came from GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus:
"Every time he opens his mouth, he makes a f--king idiot out of himself," said Oderus. "You know what?! Keep your mouth f--king shut, Dave Mustaine. Play your f--king guitar, all right?! Maybe keep it to the lyrics of 'Peace Sells'. Anything else... We don't wanna f--king hear about how Obama was born in Africa and how Rick Santorum is your man; he hates f--king heavy metal. Shut the f--k up, Dave Mustaine. Shut the f--k up, you God, cock-s---ing f---ot."
Which is your favorite Dave Mustaine faux pas? Do you think he tends to be right or wrong? Let us know your views in the comments.