Viet Cong defend their controversial band name: ‘We never intended to be provocative’

Canadian band will not be changing their name

Canadian band Viet Cong have apologised for any offence for their controversial band name, saying they did not mean to cause any offence.

The band recently had a gig at a university in Ohio canceled following complaints about their name, with the promoter at the venue saying the name “deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities.”

Viet Cong was the name of the political organization and army in South Vietnam and Cambodia that fought the United States and South Vietnamese governments during the Vietnam War.

Viet Cong have now responded to the criticism their choice of name has received and, while not changing the name, have acknowledged that they did not grasp the full weight of the name when they picked it and claim they were not trying to be provocative.

The statement, via Pitchfork, reads: “Our band, Viet Cong, has existed for a little over three years now. When we named ourselves, we were naive about the history of a war in a country we knew very little about. We now better understand the weight behind the words Viet Cong. While we don’t take any concerns about the name lightly, we feel it is important to let you know that we never meant to trivialize the atrocities or violence that occurred on both sides of the Vietnam War. We never intended for our name to be provocative or hurtful.”

“We truly appreciate the seriousness of the feedback we’ve received, and we will continue to be open to listening to issues and concerns from all perspectives.”

The band released their debut album via Jagjaguwar in January and return to Britain in the summer, where they are due to play London festival Field Day.