While many celebrities shared solidarity over the weekend with those participating in the March For Our Lives on Saturday (March 24,) Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes instead condemned the student-led march through a disturbing Instagram post on Sunday (March 25).
At first, Hughes seemed to enjoy the backlash for his comments (he thanked criticizers for “all the fun”), but just one day later, it seems the bizarre outburst has been deleted from Hughes’ Instagram. The posts originally took aim at gun violence and the student protesters, with Hughes writing, “The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn’t actually had operating paradigm for life… and when the truth don’t line up with your bullshit narrative just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refuse to except it…then take 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.”
The puzzling post was shared alongside a comic drawing that equated gun violence to a man severing his penis to prevent rape. In a following post he shared a photo-shopped image of Parkland survivor and student activist Emma Gonzalez ripping the constitution and accused her of treason. The image began circulating the web last week, and has been associated with the far right movement.
Hughes has faced severe backlash since the statements, especially considering his own experience with gun violence. Eagles of Death Metal were performing at the Batacalan in Paris in 2015, when a terrorist gunman stormed the venue and killed 89 people. The singer also referred to his experience in his now-deleted posts, stating that protesting insults the memory of those were were killed and called them “disgusting vile abusers of the dead.”