Tom Morello Is Kind of a Jackass

Blabbermouth reports that Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello got pissed at The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle calling them “anti-worker” and claiming they had a “super-rude staff” after the doorman didn’t let them in over the weekend.

Morello performed last Friday night at El Corazon at a benefit concert for 15 Now, an organization fighting for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. Afterward, Morello and his people asked for a special room at 5 Point Cafe despite it being at capacity. A line of people had already formed outside to get in. When the doorman told Morello they couldn’t get him a table in the back, he did what any reasonable man would do. He blasted the restaurant on Twitter writing, “Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.” Rage against that machine, Tom. Let them know rock stars don’t wait like the plebs.

David Meinert, owner of 5 Point, responded on Facebook calling Morello out.

For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.

I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.

PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a s**t. Sorry.

And PSS – I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…

PSSS – turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys “I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.”

Morello wasn’t satisfied and stood by his tweet.

But Tom is a forgiving man.

Wow. This guy. For his part, Meinert continued to respond diplomatically.

Morello has yet to reply. He’s probably game planning how to still act outraged without looking like a complete douche.

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5 years ago

there literally is no “back room” at the Five Point. It is one of the smallest bars/restaurants I’ve ever been to. Tom Morello is a dick and even more so for refusing to back down from this. Used to be a fan. Not that they need my support because they’re already doing plenty of biz but I feel a trip to the 5-point in my future. “Alcoholics Serving Alcoholics Since 1929!”

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