Bataclan survivor to Eagles Of Death Metal frontman: ‘I love your music but stupidity is dangerous’

Jesse Hughes recently made inflammatory remarks in a series of interviews

A second Bataclan survivor has penned an open letter to Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, who was recently criticised for comments made about the terror attack that took place at the band’s gig in Paris last year.

Hughes’ band headlined the gig where the attacks took place in Paris in November last year. During the gig at the Bataclan theatre, 89 people – including venue staff, band personnel and fans – were shot and killed by terrorist gunmen.

Hughes has since made several controversial comments in subsequent interviews. In one interview, he blamed France’s strict gun laws for allowing the shooters to go unchallenged, and then later accused some of the security guards at the famous French music venue of being in cahoots with terrorist groups.


Earlier this month, Hughes spoke to Taki Magazine in which he repeated his criticism and claimed that people were too afraid too speak out about terrorism in fear of seeming racist.

In response, gig-goer Tony Scott penned a piece for Louder Than War, criticising Hughes’ remarks. Now Ismael El Iraki, who also attended the gig, has written an open letter for The Guardian.

El Iraki writes: “I love your [band’s] music, your concerts mostly (such fun, wild shows) and man, I never thought that you would become one of those spreaders of fear. Fox News, Trump, all those guys. You always felt like a maverick, a rebel: we now know that you are not. We (and by that I mean the rebels, the mavericks, the rock crowd) always loved and defended you because you were a lovable fool and kind of a dumb fuck, like the Three Stooges or Tex Avery’s wolf. You now proved your stupidity to be fucking dangerous.”


Denouncing Hughes’ inflammatory remarks, he adds: “Your comments reopened a nasty wound. So you say the security crew was in on it and was warning every Arab they saw. See, as you can see on this picture some guy took at the scene a few minute before your show began, I happen to be an Arab and to look very much like one. I got a big black curly beard and the skin tone to match it. I also happen to live and breathe rock n’ roll. It is, my wife’s love aside, the single most important thing in my life. So of course, that warm November night, I was among the crowd at the Bataclan. Wasn’t gonna miss an Eagles of Death Metal concert, and it was only the first of eight rock shows I had lined up that week.”

“You say Islam is the problem. I say: “All you fucking bigots and your fairytale shit stories are the problem. Racism and refusal to recognize one another as complex (more complex than ethnicity or race can explain) human beings is the problem. Reducing others to what you think you know is the problem.”

“Just come back to the real spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, which is that a good rock show should make you wanna fuck or fight. Not rally a nasty conservative politician.”


Meanwhile, two French music festivals have dropped Eagles of Death Metal from their line-ups following Jesse Hughes’ comments.

Caberet Vert and Rock en Seine have decided to cancel the band’s planned appearances. In a post on Facebook, they wrote: “Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations given in an interviww 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.”