The Hand That Feeds is a song by Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor wrote this song to take another stab at President Bush and the Iraq War.
You'll find in the lyrics:
- What if this whole crusade's a charade?
- And behind it all there's a price to be paid for the blood on which we dine?
- Justified in the name of the holy and the divine.
Nine Inch Nails were due to play this song at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, but dropped out when MTV wouldn't let them use an image of George W. Bush in the performance. An announcement made by Trent Reznor on the NIN website on May 26 stated: "Nine Inch Nails will not be performing at the MTV Movie Awards as previously announced. We were set to perform The Hand That Feeds with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me. See you on tour this fall when we return to play in America." The following day, MTV stated, "While we respect Nine Inch Nails' point of view, we were uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement. When we discussed our discomfort with the band, their choice was to unfortunately pull out of the Movie Awards." Nine Inch Nails were eventually replaced by Foo Fighters.