Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes Apologizes After Calling March For Our Lives Students 'Disgusting'
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes condemned the anti-gun violence protest March For Our Lives and its student activists -- survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. -- on social media last weekend. Now, he has issued an apology for his comments in a new Instagram post.
"Recently I made some posts on my Instagram that did not communicate how I feel about a variety of topics," Hughes, whose band was performing at the Bataclan during the 2015 terror attack at the Paris venue, begins in the video clip he shared. "What I'd intended to be a statement about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation's youth came off seeming like a mean-spirited, personal attack and slight of the youth themselves and even a personal attack of its leadership."
"I wanna be clear, I never intended for that to happen," he continues. "I was not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing they've accomplished. I truly am sorry. I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm. As someone who's watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they love, I should have handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly, and I did not do that and I messed up. And I hope that you're able to forgive, me but please know that I did not mean to do what it seems like it was I was doing."
In one now-deleted Instagram post, Hughes had accused the Parkland students of taking "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."
In another, he wrote: "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" and added, "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."
Hughes also posted a photoshopped image of Emma Gonzalez, Parkland survivor and student activist, ripping the U.S. Constitution; he accused her of treason.
See Hughes' apology video below.