Scott Ian: 'Call Me When King Diamond Is Elected Pope, Until Then, Who Gives A F--k'

Anthrax axeman gives his thoughts on the recent Pope Francis I election.

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Yesterday's white smoke from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican marked the official election of the new pope. As the successor of recently retired Benedict XVI, Pope Francis I was introduced as the new papal leader.

Reactions from all around the globe were almost instant, with various rock and metal musicians also giving their own opinions. Apart from Ozzy Osbourne connecting the Vatican's white smoke with Black Sabbath track "Sweet Leaf", Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted quite an eye-catching tweet via his official Twitter page. And it seems that he doesn't care too much about the whole situation, unless King Diamond is involved that is.

"Call me when King Diamond is elected Pope. Until then, #WhoGivesASh-tWhoGivesAF--k", said Ian.

The guitarist obviously isn't afraid to state his mind, and his recent quotes regarding the music industry can only confirm it.

"I really don't give a s--t about the industry... I can only hope that the whole industry collapses and has to start over, or figure out something else."

Another thing Ian isn't too fond of is the dubstep music, which he considers a "little phase of crap which will be gone in the next 18 months".

"I thought dubstep was reggae when I first heard that genre description. I was like, Wow, reggae's making a big comeback, huh? And then someone played me some dubstep thing. And I was like, 'What the f--k is this?' So no. I'm not a fan of that name of music. [Laughs.] Nor am I a fan of DJs or any of that stuff."

Call me when King Diamond is elected Pope. Until then, #WhoGivesASh-tWhoGivesAF--k

Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) March 13, 2013

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    although i love his comment (king diamond is awesome), first non-euro pope in over 1,200 years was somewhat interesting to hear about. and thats where my interest ended
    the reason for the popes departure was that he wanted to spend more time with the kids...
    Sammy Mantis
    Why did he bother going out of his way to comment on the matter if he doesn't care?
    Because it's probably all over his Twitter feed... it takes seconds to comment... not exactly going out of one's way. Would someone please dust Vatican City with some anthrax?
    social media disorder, it's quite common in the free world these days, didn't you know?
    I found the tweet to be really funny. And come on...who doesn't support King Diamond for Pope?
    Breaking News: Ozzy sees smoke and instantly thinks of drugs. Good old Ozzy, never changes!
    Apparently many people. Even if you hate religion/catholics/the pope you could show a little more respect.
    Scott Ian's grandfather was an Orthodox Jew and Scott spent many days in a Synagogue which he has said always made him happy. Would he appreciate everyone bashing on Jews? Didn't think so. He's a hypocrite. His father in law (Meatloaf) has also spoken out as a "Christian". Scott Ian isn't too bright.
    Uh, if anyone's not bright, it's you. You can respect people's individual beliefs without extending that respect or consideration to the institution behind it. If a Christian is offended because someone asked "Who cares?", they have a lot of thinking to do. If people cannot separate their personal identify and beliefs from criticism of a religion, that's on them. Just because people like you want to frame the argument so that anyone who says anything remotely bad about religion is doing it from a position of hatred, intolerance and ignorance doesn't make it so. Asking "Who cares?" about the pope is not the same thing as Jew bashing. That's a terrible false equivalency, and you should be feel bad for making a bad argument. You can't just cite facts with absolutely no rational argument and then act like that's evidence against the dude. "Oh, Scott had a Jewish granddaddy, how could he criticize any religion? This is exactly like hateful Jew bashing. Oh Scott knows Christians in his personal life, how could he make such a damning, hateful comment about so many people he knows? Oh Scott wouldn't like it people said something nasty about Jews, oh no!". And then there's that nice little Liberal jab below this. Because that's what people like you are good at: you draw lines, act like both sides do the same things so it's a complete wash, and act like there's no burden on you to make a rational argument.
    My Last Words
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    I don't see anything wrong with free porn and opinions. Some opinions are well thought out, some are stupid, both are complete jerk offs, so it completes the internet circle.
    Why should he or even myself care? It's an outdated religious institution that is one of the richest organizations in the world. Why does anyone HAVE to show respect? Just because somebody has religious relatives DOES NOT mean they themselves have to be a mute on their opinions of an organized religion. People routinely make fun of other religions like Scientology or Mormonism (which I think are ridiculous too), but as soon as it comes to their own religion they are like, "Woah man, don't be so disrespectful. I believe that to be the truth." I say bulls--t. I'm allowed to have the opinion that those religious beliefs are crazy just as you are allowed to believe that anyone who doesn't believe them is doomed. Besides, how does saying that he doesn't care show disrespect? I could give a flying f--k who the pope is, does that make me disrespectful? It's the stupid argument that everyone has to respect your religion with either silence or support. I will give neither. @BigMikeBDD So? Why does the fact that his father was Jewish mean that he HAS to respect Catholicism or even Judaism? How does that make him hypocritical? Unless he is a devout Catholic then he really has no reason to care. Also there is a difference between Jew bashing (calling them stereotypes such as calling them greedy) and being critical of their religion. No where did he state that all Catholics are evil morons. All he said is that he doesnt care. And because his father in law is Christian (which doesn't necessarily mean Catholic) does not mean he has to adhere to that religion, or even refrain from criticizing it. That is stupid. (Also to note is that most Protestants typically dont like Catholicism because of their history, so being Christian doesn't automatically mean that you like Catholics.) Your claim that he isn't too bright because he doesn't care who the pope is because he has religious relatives (who arent even Catholic) is stupid. It's more of this "if you don't have a religion I wont respect your opinion until you become religious" crap I hear all the time. Everybody is allowed to ridicule atheists as much as they want (and they should be able to), but as soon as you make fun of their religion they get offended as if you just burned down their church/ temple/ place of worship etc...
    respect to pedophiles and people who hide them? Also the millions of people who were MURDERED by the church over thousands of years.
    When its basically shoved in your face that you should care and 'show some respect' everyday...via news and people always asking what you gets tiring and eventually you gotta tell people "F*** off i dont care"
    Not that I'm religious at all, but I think approximately 1.2 billion Catholics give a f*ck to answer his question.
    You've got to admire Scott Ian's badassness, but some people apparently do give a f*ck about the Pope.
    Yes indeed. About 1.2 billion people. And I honestly think they don't give a f*ck that he doesn't give a f*ck, because I sure don't care what he thinks. As long as he doesn't rant about it I'm fine.
    The Pope is a highly influential force in the Catholic world community and has a pretty significant role in world politics, so yeah, I do give a a f*ck.