Josh Homme speaks out against online bullying and “racist, misogynist, homophobic” fans

"I never read about myself on the internet, and the reason is because it doesn't matter"

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme takes aim at “racist, misogynist, homophobic jerk” fans in a new anti-bullying documentary.

#NoJoke is a new film from singer Andrew Cole and features interviews with Jeff Goldblum, Slash, Patrick Stewart, Lemmy, Chad Smith and more.

According to reports, Homme says in the doc: “I’ve always tried to weed the bullies out of our audience, you know, because I don’t want them there, our music is not for you. If you’re a racist, misogynist, homophobic jerk, we’re not for you, you can go.”

Homme adds: “When you need help, you should ask for it, and there’s somebody that’s going to be there for you, whether it’s a family member or a friend or someone you don’t know that is in a similar position that has that empathy, that understands. There are people out there so, so it’s never over, all is never lost.”

Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme

“I think too that with the internet and technologies of today, I ask the question, have you ever seen anybody take anything off the internet? So be careful what you put up on the internet, and if you’re being bullied on the internet, let it go. There’s a whole world out there that isn’t connected to the internet.”

“When you do well in a field like music or film, in the arts, the better you do the more people like you, and an equal amount of people hate you. I never read about myself on the internet, and the reason is because it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change what has been done, and it does not change what will be done.”

“Who gives a fuck about Facebook, man? If you have a real life, that doesn’t need to be a component of your life if you’re being bullied.”

Homme has made headlines with his history of calling out members of the crowd at QOTSA shows – often taking on hecklers or targeting gig-goers for inappropriate or abusive behaviour.

He also spoke out against bullying in an interview with NME last year, saying: “My whole life, I hate watching people get bullied and so, in a manner of speaking, you turn and you try to bully the bully. I have done that many times. I’m the only one with a mic so I think sometimes it perhaps looks like I’m bullying somebody – and I actually am.”

“The idea is to have our audience be an open-minded group of individuals,” Homme added.

Last year, Homme made headlines when he kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Inglewood. On December 9, the frontman kicked a camera from the photographer’s hands, which then hit her in the face. Lauren later needed care in hospital.

In the immediate aftermath of the photographer incident, Homme released an apology video, admitting that he had been a “total dick” and saying that he had “to figure some stuff out”.

In his video, Homme said that the incident meant that he had “failed” at being “a good man”.

“I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that,” he said. “That means I failed my family and friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing so. So, I apologise also to my bandmates and my mum and my dad. My wife, my brother and my kids.”

Queens Of The Stone Age return to the UK to headline a show at London’s Finsbury Park with Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, Brody Dalle, The Hives and more on June 30. Tickets are available here.