Dope frontman Edsel Dope is responding to the reports that he's Static-X mysterious masked singer.
Earlier this week, the Danish metal site Metal a Day posted a side-by-side photo of the Static-X vocalist, who's been referred to only as Xer0, with Dope, showing that they both have a very similar-looking neck tattoo. Edsel had already been heavily rumored as the man behind the Xer0 mask, as Dope has been opening for Static-X on their 20th anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip and Wayne Static memorial tour.
In a Facebook post, Dope calls the tattoo photo "click bait and hilarious," while also demonstrating his Photoshop skills with a series of altered photos featuring the same tattoo on the necks of celebrities including Tom Brady, Mike Tyson and Elvis Presley.
However, Dope doesn't outright deny that he's Xer0 -- instead, the post takes aim at "trolls" who "spew their ignorant, hateful words towards something that is so incredibly personal."
"Anyone with the nerve to throw virtual tomatoes at a traveling memorial, that has been orchestrated and supported by the family, loved ones, and long-time friends of the deceased should be absolutely ashamed of themselves," Edsel writes.
He also includes a photo of himself from the side of the stage looking on while Static-X is performing with Xer0 -- though that image, of course, could also be Photoshopped. And judging from the comments, a lot of fans seem to agree.
Static-X's tour returns to the U.S. in November. Dope will once again be providing support.
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