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Unless you live under a rock, it was impossible to miss the March For Our Lives protests that went on worldwide over the weekend. With more than 850,000 turning out in Washington D.C. alone, the movement spurred on by the horrific mass shooting that occurred last month at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School did exactly what it was intended to do: make enough noise that you had to listen, whether you agreed with them or not.
While the responses to these kids’ call for action were generally positive, not everyone is on board. Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes took to Instagram yesterday, blasting March For Our Lives protesters as ‘pathetic’ and ‘disgusting’.
Hughes, who survived the 2015 Bataclan massacre during which 90 people were killed and hundreds more injured, slammed the teens’ efforts as “exploiting the deaths” of their classmates and accused them of taking “multiple days of school at the expense of 16 of your classmates [sic] blood”.
The backlash was swift as fans and critics alike took to Twitter in droves:
While Hughes didn’t walk back his comments, he did take to social media once more, deleting the posts shared over the weekend. In one now deleted post, he posted a promise to keep his political beliefs separate from his music career and invited others to do the same:
“I’ve made a rule and [sic] my musical life that everyone should check their politics at the door,” he began. He then announced that he’ll be creating a second Instagram account where he and likeminded fans can share their political beliefs, before signing off with this reassurance:
“I love every lover of Rock’n’Roll and every lover of Rock’n’Roll is welcome here. Check your politics at the door and I’ll start with myself.”