The Cult singer Ian Astbury apologises for ‘All Lives Matter’ comment

Post-punk frontman says he 'wished to show my solidarity' with original comment

Singer of post-punk band The Cult, Ian Astbury has issued an apology after he proclaimed that “All lives matter” at a recent live show.

The incident took place at a gig in Ottawa last week (July 9), with Astbury intending on speaking against racism and gun violence, saying, “It ain’t a race thing, it’s a people thing”. However, his use of the phrase “All lives matter” caused offence.

All Lives Matter has become a counter response to the Black Lives Matter movement, with many unwittingly using the controversial phrase. Jess Glynne faced a backlash last week after using the phrase on social media.


Following criticism online, Astbury tweeted from The Cult’s Twitter account: “” sincerely and deeply apologise to everyone I offended by using the phrase ‘all lives matter’… I fully support #blacklivesmatter and wished to show my solidarity. So disheartened to know that I have offended people of colour. Thank you for enlightening me that this phrase is offensive.”


Astbury later added that “we must take responsibility at this time to recognise the importance of not marginalising black lives among all lives”, and told fans not to abuse those who criticised the group, “To our fans: We will not condone racism or hate speech in ANY way on our socials. We have no problem deleting, banning, or reporting you.” See those tweets above.


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