Wavves ban Donald Trump fans, racists and homophobes from their gigs
‘You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem,’ says Nathan Williams
The band have produced a list of groups who will not be welcome at their shows, though they admit the ban will have to be self-policing.
Singer Nathan Williams said he drew up the list because “People are suffering every day and, the way I see it, you’re either part of the solution or part of the problem”.
a few things i wanted to make clear pic.twitter.com/SGppoJE3qC— WAVVES (@wavves) July 6, 2016
The Californian band’s banned groups of people includes “Anyone who has harboured resentment in any way towards the homosexual community in any way”; anyone who “thought a rape victim had it coming because she was dressed a certain way or was too intoxicated”’; those who supported the anti-abortion hashtag #alllivesmatter; white people who use racial slurs; and anyone who has “gone out of their way” to defend American police.
The list ended with a ban of Donald Trump supporters because “That’s basically three or four of the aforementioned topics”.
Williams said that difference of opinion are healthy, but said: “In light of the constant rape, murder, homophobia, racism and misogyny that goes on seemingly everyday, I feel the need to make clear who I personally make music for and who I don’t.” The singer added that “Nobody’s perfect (including myself)”, but stated: “I’d rather have a room half-filled with good energy than one filled with hate”.
Wavves, who released current album ‘V’ in 2015, start their bigotry-free US tour on July 21, ending on September 23.