On Friday, Twitter users slammed CNN over their coverage of Holden Matthews, who was arrested in connection with burning down three black churches in Louisiana.
Matthews, the son of a deputy, was charged with three counts of arson. However, instead of focusing on the overt racism in burning down three black churches, CNN focused on Matthews fascination with "black metal" music.
Twitter users railed against CNN for "scapegoating."
@cnnbrk Raise your hand if you’ve ever listened to black metal (or any metal for that matter) and never set a histo… https://t.co/Y3ggZ7usTl— Legion of Mood (@Legion of Mood)1555000473.0
@b0ssmir @cnnbrk What's Slayer up to these days? They haven't been a scapegoat for a couple decades.— KS_Rach73 (@KS_Rach73)1555009265.0
@cnnbrk Come on, really? You guys are going to start blaming music for this?— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants)1554999758.0
@slpng_giants @cnnbrk Surprised they didn’t just throw video games into the title as well— Theresa McCunney (@Theresa McCunney)1555000063.0
@cnnbrk No. He is a domestic terrorist. Just because he is white, that doesn't mean he gets an excuse like music, o… https://t.co/iPEMTFKAXF— JaK (@JaK)1555079761.0
@cnnbrk Nah. He’s just racist.— Adam Murray I BLM (@Adam Murray I BLM)1555012580.0
@CaseyExplosion @cnnbrk There are white supremacists who like black metal and white supremacists who make black met… https://t.co/cwAgGtw8IQ— Occam's Blazer (@Occam's Blazer)1555018899.0
Seriously CNN? Have we not yet elevated above the transparently vapid scapegoating yet? The kid was not pushed by… https://t.co/CptPqk7WXr— Cory Barlog 🖖 (@Cory Barlog 🖖)1555092921.0
Maybe it was the black metal music. Or maybe or maybe, hear me out, maybe it was the fucking racism. This is grotes… https://t.co/JFal660pC9— Laz (@Laz)1555083855.0