Eagles Of Death Metal have been dropped from the Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine festivals in France, after comments they made concerning the Bataclan terrorist attacks presumably caused concert organisers to exclaim “Sacrebleu!” whilst acrimoniously twirling their moustaches, because all French people look like this:
The freedom-loving rockers were dropped like a proverbial sack of le pomme de terre after alluding to the conspiracy that several employees at the Bataclan Theatre knew of the attacks, comments which were originally made in an interview with Fox Business Network in March.
Frontman Jesse Hughes claimed that approximately six security staff failed to show up to the Bataclan Theatre the night of November 13th, stating “they obviously had a reason not to show up”, also claiming he felt something was amiss when he first arrived, even asking for one backstage guard to be replaced.
In the new interview with free speech publication Taki’s Magazine, he reaffirms his previous sentiments when prompted by the interviewer with the statement, “They were in the venue early. That implies some staff were in on it”, replying with the following:
”I got in a lot of trouble for saying that. I know for sure that they were in there early. I remember them staring at my buddy. I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him. I realized later it was Abdeslam and he was staring at my buddy because they thought he was a threat. There’s no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?”
It’s important to note a couple of things when taking Hughes’ comments into context. One is that Taki’s Magazine is a free speech-centric publication and aims to stimulate some pretty contentious debate, some of which is directed towards criticism of Islam. The interview was written by former-VICE co-owner, writer, and conservative commentator Gavin McInnes, and Hughes himself is also a conservative. Why does any of this matter? Exactly, it fucking doesn’t. Hughes has been lambasted by the media in the past for simply being a Trump-supporting gun rights advocate, which is a blatant example of the reduction of important issues down to alleyway shitfight on identity politics by the left. There’s nothing offensive about the interview, rather the two fellows are simply having a discussion about the event and stating ‘hate facts’ (facts that make people mad), along with basically asking if any staff may have been potentially involved. I don’t think it’s unreasonable that Hughes should be permitted to speak his mind about the event, considering he was witness to the horrific and emotionally devastating attacks which took place on November 13th last year.
Three ISIS extremists wearing suicide belts (known by the French as “amants de chèvre”) burst into the Bataclan Theatre during the middle of Eagle Of Death Metal’s performance, opening fire at random concert-goers and taking several hostages. The boys in blue later crashed the ISIS party, lighting up one terrorist (I WILL DESTROY ISIS), while the other two fuckheads detonated their belts, unfortunately blowing off their tiny, ineffectual penises in the process, rendering them themselves useless for the 100 Jewish men named Virgil in heaven or whatever those dickheads believe.
Most likely due to Hughes’ general criticism of Islam, coupled with his conspiratorial take on the Bataclan attacks (which saw 89 people killed), the organisers for the respective festivals released a joint statement saying they were “in total disagreement” with his comments, which apparently is enough to get you booted off a lineup these days.
”Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes’ recent allegations given in an interview with an American media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance. We thank you for understanding.”
The decision to drop EDM from the festivals is an obvious example of the reactionary and labouring practice of stonewalling bands from festival lineups, or just generally having a massive crywank over pointless issues or controversial statements, lyrical content, or even select members personal lives, with Action Bronson, Rob Thomas, Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong), and of course Phil Anselmo as just a select few who, in recent months, have either felt the banhammer or the vomitous backlash from basement-dwelling social justice mouthbreathers.
Frankly, “total disagreement” is a pansy-wansy excuse. It paints a pretty weak picture of the festival organisers, probably cowards who have never built a table or ridden an ATV listening to Disturbed, and if their wife farts in bed they will literally cry and sadly eat cheese alone on their couch at 3am by the glow their television, watching reruns of Tout le monde aime Raymond, to later challenge their wife to a duel. To ban them on bullshit excuse is enough for anyone to lose faith in the power of people playing nice, and it’s pretty sad when people can’t even disagree with each other and still maintain a professional relationship.
You may not agree with what somebody says. It happens every day. Last week, I had a debate with a homeless man on whether the government had a role in 9-11 for literally four hours. Disagreements are essential to constructive conversation, and to shut everything out you may not morally align with is counterproductive in every way. It doesn’t give you some kind of moral duty to punish that person, in the form of dropping them from a lineup or outright banning them from a country like we do here in Australia. It’s discouraging when we have to keep begging with people to allow others to go about their day, and if you are so concerned about a certain viewpoint that someone is expressing, then debate it. Address it in a public forum as opposed to shutting it all out and resuming your position in the morally-superior circlejerk. My plumber might not like The Backstreet Boys, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to rip up his contract and refuse to allow the guy in my home. I mean, it definitely wouldn’t be easy, but a little restraint and rational conjecture goes a long way in our ever-increasing censorious world.