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Machine Gun Kelly roasted for changing his name

Niamh Shackleton

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Machine Gun Kelly roasted for changing his name

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Machine Gun Kelly is changing his name - and people have a lot to say about it.

The rapper-turned-punk singer recently revealed that he's dropping 'Gun Kelly' from his stage name.

At GQ's recent Men of the Year party, the musician politely asked photographers: "Instead of 'Machine Gun Kelly,' can you hit me with just 'Machine' next time?"

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MGK hasn't publicly shared why he's decided to change his name, but it could come after some argued that his stage name glorified gun violence.

Doubling down on his intentions to change his name, the 'Papercuts' singer has shared a snap of himself to Instagram with the caption: "'Machine.'"

"Should we call you machine now?" one of his fans asked in the comments section of the post.

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Meanwhile others shared their thoughts on his new moniker, and it has mixed reviews.

One fan penned: "Please do not change your name! Your true fans love you!!!!!!!!!"

"We all love machine," said another who appeared to be in favor of the change.

Apparently Machine Gun Kelly wants to just go by 'Machine' now. Credit: Instagram/@machinegunkelly
Apparently Machine Gun Kelly wants to just go by 'Machine' now. Credit: Instagram/@machinegunkelly
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"I hope he was only joking. Lol," added another more skeptical follower.

Elsewhere on X, someone went as far as calling the name swap as 'stupid'.

"I’ve heard that Machine Gun Kelly is going to change his name to 'Machine'," they posted on the platform.

"Truth be told… I don’t understand, and I think it’s a stupid decision. But I guess we’re just gonna start calling him M (instead of MGK) and that’s pretty close to Eminem. Just saying."

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Someone else said: "Machine gun Kelly changed his name to just 'machine' and for some reason that sh*t is so funny to me."

Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands has also weighed in on the matter and poked fun at the singer's new stage name.

Kyle Sandilands labeled MGK as an 'idiot'. Credit: Hanna Lassen/WireImage
Kyle Sandilands labeled MGK as an 'idiot'. Credit: Hanna Lassen/WireImage

Addressing the speculation that the change comes after MGK was accused of glorifying gun violence, Sandilands fumed: "That’ll fix everything, Machine Gun Kelly changes his name and the weapons problems in America will all dissolve... what an idiot."

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He continued to say on Friday's (November 24) Kyle and Jackie O Show: "You look at the guy and he’s not a machine. You are not a machine bro."

Safe to say Sandilands made his thoughts on the matter quite clear (and probably won't be rushing to buy tickets for the singer's next tour).

MGK's reps have been approached for comment.

Topics: Celebrity, Machine Gun Kelly, Music

Niamh Shackleton
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