As this weekend’s elections in Taiwan draw near, death metal front man Freddy Lim is gearing up to run for a parliamentary seat.
Lim is apparently not content with just making himself heard over the aggressive guitar riffs of Chthonic. He’s taking a hard line pro-democracy stand against the mainland, and is acting as a voice for Taiwanese youth who dread eventually being put in the same boat as Hong Kong.
Lim belongs to one of the many smaller political parties hoping to break up the stranglehold that the KMT and DPP hold on Taiwanese politics. He’s also fighting to reverse the current trend toward closer ties with the mainland.
“The government thinks that relying on China will result in economic prosperity, which the youth do not agree with,” he told CNN.
Lim is being contested by an incumbent who is telling his constituents to not vote for someone “who has hair that is longer than a woman’s and is mentally abnormal.” It should be quite the race.
Watch CNN’s profile on this death metal superstar turned politician here:
[Video via CNN]