Death Cab for Cutie say their gigs will be a “safe place” in response to post-Trump hatred after posting a lengthly statement to Facebook.
Since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, reports of “bias-based attacks” and hate crimes have increased, causing the band to address their attempt of inclusivity at their shows.
Posting a statement to Facebook and Twitter, the band wrote; “To Our Fans, We feel that there has never been a more important time to reaffirm the following: Death Cab for Cutie shows will always be a safe place for people of all colors, all genders, all sexual orientations and all beliefs to come together to celebrate music, love and mutual respect.”
— Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) November 14, 2016
The continued; “That is who we are, that is what we stand for as individuals and as a band. There are a lot of unknowns on the horizon and many things out of our control, but we remain resolute in our commitment to creating music and maintaining a community around our band that embodies compassion, understanding, kindness and safety. Be kind to one another, stand up for one another and take care of one another. -Ben, Dave, Jason, Nick and Zac.”
Last month, Death Cab For Cutie released an anti-Donald Trump song. The track, ‘Million Dollar Loan’, was one of 30 tracks released during in the final run in to the US Presidential election.
“Lyrically, ‘Million Dollar Loan’ deals with a particularly tone deaf moment in Donald Trump’s ascent to the Republican nomination,” said Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. “While campaigning in New Hampshire last year, he attempted to cast himself as a self-made man by claiming he built his fortune with just a ‘small loan of a million dollars’ from his father. Not only has this statement been proven to be wildly untrue, he was so flippant about it. It truly disgusted me.”
“Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unworthy of the honour and responsibility of being President of the United States of America, and in no way, shape or form represents what this country truly stands for. He is beneath us.”