Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has apologised for comments he made about the student-led gun protests.
Last weekend saw hundreds of thousands of people in the US and beyond take part in the ‘March For Lives’ – calling for stricter gun control in America in the wake of the Parkland massacre, where 17 teens were gunned down and killed at school.
Hughes then took to Instagram to share a drawing which compared gun regulation to a man cutting off his penis to prevent rape.
“The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn’t actually had operating paradigm for life,” wrote Hughes, “and when the truth don’t line up with your bullshit narrative just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refused to except it…then take multiple days off of school playing hooky at the expense of 16 of your classmates blood. It might be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and disgusting……”
He continued: “As the survivor of a mass shooting I can tell you from first-hand experience that all of you protesting and taking days off from school insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.
“Long Live Rock’n’Roll….. and may everyone of these disgusting vile abusers of the dead live as long as possible so they can have the maximum amount of time to endure their shame… and be cursed….” You can see the post below.
He later deleted the post and has now apologised to the protestors in a new video, also posted on Instagram.
Hughes said that the original post was intended to make a statement “about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation’s youth,” but it “came off seeming like a mean-spirited and personal attack and slight of the youth themselves.”
“I wanna be clear, I never intended for that to happen,” Hughes added. “I was not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing that they accomplished. I truly am sorry, I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm.” Watch the video below.
Hughes has previously caused controversy with comments made about gun control, arguing that it didn’t prevent the massacre at an Eagles Of Death Metal’s Bataclan gig back in 2015. The attack saw 89 people – including venue staff, band personnel and fans – were shot and killed by terrorist gunmen.
Back in 2016, Hughes came under fire from EODM fan Ismael El Iraki – who attended the Bataclan gig where the massacre took place.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”