DEVO‘s Jerry Casale has apologised after pictures of him celebrating his recent wedding with a September 11-themed party emerged online.
As reported, the couple hung images of their faces from a Twin Towers-shaped wedding cake to celebrate their wedding last Friday (September 11).
At the wedding in Santa Monica, California, the frontman and his new wife gave guests Stanley knives as presents, which are said to have been used by the terrorists who hijacked the planes used to make the attacks.
“I apologise to anyone who offended,” Casale told Billboard, who claims that the party was a surprise to him and his wife, 26 year-old Krista Napp. He added that the criticism he has received from internet users has “ruined our wedding”.
Casale said friends had questioned whether it was right to marry on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, but that he felt it was right as he and Napp “are the Twin Towers of love”.
— Stereogum (@stereogum) September 14, 2015
However, he admitted that the party that followed crossed a line and “was pretty nasty”. Arranged without the couple’s knowledge, Casale says that a friend arranged for the cake and other jokes at the party.
“He thought it was some sort of transgressive sick humor, and the problem is, it’s not funny,” Casale said of his friend.
Casale continued, saying he was “surprised at the attention” this is receiving and admitted to being upset that one of his friends has sold pictures from the wedding. “Who would have thought that somebody goes and sells shots to TMZ?” he asked.