The Reason Why Maynard James Keenan Had Called His Fans ‘Retards’

You probably were not that surprised to hear that at some point Maynard James Keenan called his fans retards. After all, he’s known to be one of the most quirky and intense musicians in the rock scene. Although he’s known for fronting successful bands such as Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle, little is known about his personal life.

While some rockstars like Axl Rose are known for their notoriousness and others like Paul McCartney are known for their hard work and kindness, not much is known about Maynard’s character. One of the reasons is because he rarely gives interviews or opens up about his private life and when he does, he sometimes offends people, like his fans.

Is Maynard James Keenan A Nice Person?

Well, it depends who you ask. While some have described him as intimidating and distant, others have stressed that he’s a great man who’s very fun to chat to. It would make more sense for Keenan to be a nice person -once you get to know him- as aside from a musician he’s an improv comedian, actor, winemaker, wrestler, and many more, and you need good social skills to do all these.

The reason why he’s often considered a distant and cold musician is that he doesn’t like giving interviews which in a way makes sense as we all know that the media can be too intrusive in rockstars’ personal lives. However, it may also be because whenever he gives an interview, he makes some interesting remarks, such as calling his fans ‘retards’ which has attracted a lot of attention.

Did Maynard James Keenan Call His Fans Retards?

As you may know, Keenan has always been quite specific about his music. Fans and critics often consider Puscifer to be Maynard’s fun project as he’s the only permanent member of the supergroup which he often describes as the outlet of his ‘creative subconscious.’ This is partially true as Puscifer is often credited for its whimsical and humorous lyrics which also act as a funny criticism of important matters.

However, the musician shattered this assumption with the band’s latest album ‘Existential Reckoning,’ which was released on Halloween 2020. Puscifer’s fourth album was much more serious in tone and sound. Some years ago, an interviewer had pointed out that people often think that Tool and A Perfect Circle are his serious projects, in comparison to Puscifer, which angered Keenan.

Keenan responded to New Times about Tool also having a low-key humorous undertone with the following words:

“Yeah, it’s there but people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.

It’s lost. Insufferable peopleIt’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

It seems clear that Keenan gets really upset when people try to categorize his music and make comparisons between his projects. Although this seems understandable, the fact that he called his fans ‘insufferable people‘ and ‘retards‘ who are unable to appreciate his humor was a little too much.