Radio host mocks Machine Gun Kelly for 'ridiculous' name change

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By Asiya Ali

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An Australian radio host has roasted Machine Gun Kelly after the musician revealed that he was changing his original stage name.

As previously reported, the hitmaker, whose real name is Colson Baker, recently announced that he was dropping "Gun Kelly" from his stage name after some fans held up a sign urging the star to change his moniker at a recent concert.

The 'Bloody Valentine' singer noticed the message and told those fans: "I have no idea what that sign means."

The sign's owners then proceeded to explain that they wanted MGK to change his name by taking out the "machine gun" part to not "glorify machine guns."

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Machine Gun Kelly's apparent name change has got everyone talking. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty

While MGK didn't mention anything on the day of the concert, Entertainment Tonight reported that when the musician appeared at the GQ Men of the Year party earlier in November, he told photographers and reporters to just refer to him by "Machine."

"Instead of Machine Gun can you just call me Machine from now on? Just Machine," he said on the red carpet.

And just to double down on his own intentions to change his name, Kelly also took to Instagram to post a series of photos alongside the caption "Machine."

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

Another chimed in: "Machine is the move," while a third interjected: "Ladies and gentlemen, MACHINE."

Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands has now weighed in on the matter and addressed the speculation that the change comes after the 'Emo Girl' singer was accused of glorifying gun violence.

Speaking on the Kyle and Jackie O Show on Friday (November 24), the 52-year-old host fumed: "That’ll fix everything, Machine Gun Kelly changes his name and the weapons problems in America will all dissolve... what an idiot."

He continued to say: "You look at the guy and he’s not a machine. You are not a machine bro," and went on to suggest that the performer should have called himself "Kelly".

But Sandilands' co-host Jackie 'O' Henderson disagreed, calling the suggestion "lame," to which he added: "What's lame is to be called Machine, that's ridiculous."

The two fans who held up the sign go by Chad and JT on social media and later took to X to repost all the clips in a montage alongside the caption: "Machine Gun Kelly has officially changed his name to Machine. Do you guys think our sign worked?"

Many of the artist's supporters flocked to the comment section to share their opinion.

One user praised: "That’s dope if he did change it," while a second applauded: "Once again you guys are changing the world."

Another joined the conversation, penning: "That's one of the coolest things ever if he really goes by Machine now," however, they pointed out that Bert Kreischer, who goes by the same name, "may have some trademark or copyright infringements to call his lawyers about."

"Not glorifying guns -- nice," they added in their comment.

What do you guys think about the singer's alleged name change? Share your thoughts!

Featured image credit: Gilbert Flores / Getty

Radio host mocks Machine Gun Kelly for 'ridiculous' name change

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

An Australian radio host has roasted Machine Gun Kelly after the musician revealed that he was changing his original stage name.

As previously reported, the hitmaker, whose real name is Colson Baker, recently announced that he was dropping "Gun Kelly" from his stage name after some fans held up a sign urging the star to change his moniker at a recent concert.

The 'Bloody Valentine' singer noticed the message and told those fans: "I have no idea what that sign means."

The sign's owners then proceeded to explain that they wanted MGK to change his name by taking out the "machine gun" part to not "glorify machine guns."

wp-image-1263238267 size-full
Machine Gun Kelly's apparent name change has got everyone talking. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty

While MGK didn't mention anything on the day of the concert, Entertainment Tonight reported that when the musician appeared at the GQ Men of the Year party earlier in November, he told photographers and reporters to just refer to him by "Machine."

"Instead of Machine Gun can you just call me Machine from now on? Just Machine," he said on the red carpet.

And just to double down on his own intentions to change his name, Kelly also took to Instagram to post a series of photos alongside the caption "Machine."

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

Another chimed in: "Machine is the move," while a third interjected: "Ladies and gentlemen, MACHINE."

Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands has now weighed in on the matter and addressed the speculation that the change comes after the 'Emo Girl' singer was accused of glorifying gun violence.

Speaking on the Kyle and Jackie O Show on Friday (November 24), the 52-year-old host fumed: "That’ll fix everything, Machine Gun Kelly changes his name and the weapons problems in America will all dissolve... what an idiot."

He continued to say: "You look at the guy and he’s not a machine. You are not a machine bro," and went on to suggest that the performer should have called himself "Kelly".

But Sandilands' co-host Jackie 'O' Henderson disagreed, calling the suggestion "lame," to which he added: "What's lame is to be called Machine, that's ridiculous."

The two fans who held up the sign go by Chad and JT on social media and later took to X to repost all the clips in a montage alongside the caption: "Machine Gun Kelly has officially changed his name to Machine. Do you guys think our sign worked?"

Many of the artist's supporters flocked to the comment section to share their opinion.

One user praised: "That’s dope if he did change it," while a second applauded: "Once again you guys are changing the world."

Another joined the conversation, penning: "That's one of the coolest things ever if he really goes by Machine now," however, they pointed out that Bert Kreischer, who goes by the same name, "may have some trademark or copyright infringements to call his lawyers about."

"Not glorifying guns -- nice," they added in their comment.

What do you guys think about the singer's alleged name change? Share your thoughts!

Featured image credit: Gilbert Flores / Getty