Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody On Controversial “Living The Dream” Video: “I Didn’t Agree With It Either”

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has officially commented on the band’s controversial music video for “Living The Dream.“ The clip, which was created by guitarist Zoltan Bathory, caused backlash in the fall of 2020 due to what many believed was an anti-mask message. Bathory ultimately denied those claims, but it appears Moody still isn’t happy about the direction of the video.

Moody told Metal Hammer the following:

“I showed up for two days and Zo told me to run across the grass, screaming and holding the American flag, so I was curious to see it. Then when he released it, I called him, like, ‘You implemented your own platform into Five Finger Death Punch, and now I’m gonna have to answer for it, because I’m the singer.’ And it ended up going down like a fart in church!”

He continued:

“There was the mask thing and the awkwardness of the whole thing. That’s what he visualized, but it’s not what I had in mind when I wrote it. For those who understood it, great. And for those who didn’t, I’m sorry, I didn’t agree with it either. I love Zoltan to death, that’s his opinion, but it won’t ever be done with my name on it again.”

Bathory also added:

“Obviously, that video created a lot of dust, and I really don’t want to kick up another shitstorm about it. But it was about the blatant hypocrisy of what was happening. You can do this, but the population can’t! As a band, we sort of withdrew from politics and that was the last political commentary, but it flew over people’s heads and we were accused of the craziest shit.

It’s crazy, because music was a cultural weapon. And now punk music and rock music is the soundtrack to the establishment all of a sudden? But it’s like, ‘OK, we’ll just play music and create concerts.’ People are educated by clickbait headlines, but there’s so much else to talk about.”

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