20 May 2016

Finally! Someone's Stopped Giving Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes A Free Pass

Eagles of Death Metal are a millennial classic rock band, who were last year involved with one of the biggest tragedies in the history of art performance, when their Paris show at the Bataclan was subject to a terrorist attack. It goes without saying that that was truly horrific, a tragedy, and I myself am still pretty heartbroken about the fact that that kinda thing could ever happen.

But the thing is, that the EODM frontman Jesse Hughes is a pretty nasty piece of work, with some really quite backwards views. He is the ugly voice of Trump's America, and his pro-life, pro-gun views are ripped right from the 1800s. In interviews re: both the Bataclan and other related issues, he's said some pretty racist, sexist and just general stupid stuff, and well, I guess I'll leave these quotes here and then carry on with my ramblings.

"I know people will disagree with me, but it just seems like God made men and women, and that night guns made them equal"

"Did your French gun control stop a single fucking person from dying at the Bataclan?"

"Barack Obama is an evil cocksucker"

"Until Nobody Has Guns, Everybody Has to Have Them"

"I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes." 

"I’m the least sexist person who I have ever known. I was raised by women, I believe in women, and I fucking love women... Sexist is telling women that they’re physically equal to men"

In this interview, he blames the Islam faith for the Bataclan attacks, blames Muslim security guards, and a climate of liberalism for allowing  it to happen. The interviewer asks a lot of questions from the perspective of an Islamophobe also, its worth noting.

I also can't find a quote, but he also wants Donald Trump to make America great again. Ha.

But anyhow, since the Bataclan attacks, Jesse Hughes has been spouting repulsive Islamophobic, sexist, backwards bullshit on a massive platform. And well, people have been treating his antiquated opinions with some kinda respect. He is rock music's Donald Trump.

But now, finally, the Rock En Seine festival, in France, has taken action against the fascism of EODM, and cancelled their appearance at the festival. They made the statement: "Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hugues’ recent allegations given in an itw with an american media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance. We thank you for your understanding."

Anyhow, it's really great that someone has taken a stand against EODM, because the fact that they keep spouting that kinda bile and people tolerate it is just something that needs putting a stop to. This is a really progressive way to deal with the fact that Jesse Hughes is a real fucking idiot, and hopefully, if we all ignore what he has to say everything can move on fine. If only Donald Trump's presidential campaign could be cancelled at the drop of a hat, like that, then everything would be awwwwlright.

Anyway, shout out to Rock En Seine, a festival with great values and a wonderful line-up... it might be an idea to check them out and buy tickets...

Words: Calum Cashin