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Slipknot and Korn Reportedly Criticize Wasteful Government Spending

In a recent study spearheaded by US Senator Rand Paul, renowned bands including Slipknot, Korn, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nickelback found mention in the annual ‘Festivus Report.’ The report sheds light on government spending deemed wasteful, particularly addressing financial assistance allocated to major players in the music industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

One highlighted section, titled ‘$200 million Ticket to Backstage,’ scrutinizes the distribution of relief funds to concert venues and theaters through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The 2023 report emphasizes a staggering $900 billion in federal waste, with a portion exceeding $200 million directed towards ‘numerous well-known music artists and their touring organizations.’ This allocation of funds transpired under the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant by the Small Business Administration.

Which Band Received the Highest ‘Award’ in Government Spending

Notably, Slipknot secured just under $10 million in relief funds, with their Knotfest festival receiving slightly over $1 million. The Smashing Pumpkins obtained $8.6 million, while Korn was granted $5.3 million. In a specific mention by Senator Rand Paul, even the often-criticized Nickelback received $2 million.

Senator Rand voiced concerns, stating, “While some may claim these funds were used to keep supporting staff, artists were not required to do so, and we have no way of determining how these blank checks were used. These multi-millionaire musicians were cashing checks, instead of the intended recipients – America’s small businesses.”

The guidelines for relief funding outlined that applicants could receive 45% of their gross revenue from 2019, up to $10 million. Rand Paul’s report uncovers a staggering total of $900 billion in federal waste for the year 2023.

What’s the Origin of This Annual ‘Holiday’

The image might have already spilled the beans for you. Festivus, a secular “anti-holiday” observed on December 23, achieved widespread recognition in 1997 after being showcased in a popular episode of the sitcom Seinfeld.

Marketed as “Festivus for the rest of us,” this celebration is embraced as an all-encompassing, secular alternative to the consumerism commonly linked with Christmas.

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