Slipknot Drummer to Film Eating Disorders Documentary
Shawn "Clown" Crahan wants to lift the mask on eating disorders with an unexpected new project.
Michael Shawn Crahan, more commonly known as "Clown" from the heavy metal group Slipknot, is working on a documentary project to raise awareness about eating disorders. The percussionist says he's known many people who have suffered from these "terrible diseases" and he wants to help. Crahan, 42, announced his project on the band's website, and says he's looking for individuals of all ages who have been diagnosed with an eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia and are willing to tell their stories on film. "I don't want to judge or to hurt but to help, and to heal," says Crahan. He intends to "ask a great deal" of participants, hoping to paint a bigger picture and to deliver a message that is "positive but not condescending...honest, but not cruel." "What I am going to ask for next may be difficult for some of you to contemplate but I ask that you keep an open mind and to think about what an experience like this might have meant to you had it been available when you began your journey," he says. "My hope is that your experiences will give the woman or man suffering in silence the strength to get help." He adds that he is "not foolish enough to believe [the film] will cure anyone." Slipknot is known for their eccentric image (including wearing ghoulish masks) and chaotic live shows, and won a Grammy for best live metal performance in 2006. Bassist Paul Gray, who founded the band along with Crahan in the '90s, died of a drug overdose in 2010.