Perhaps it’s also time for Josh Homme (above, in the rear) to walk away from the douchebag.
By Fred Mills
You’ve already heard the news: Yesterday Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal decided for some reason to go off on the March For Our Lives kids via five scathing, sarcastic, and overtly cruel Instagram posts. (His Instagram handle is @fatherbadass.) No explanation was given, and unlike another incident that occurred over the weekend (in which Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike also appeared to take the marchers to task via a video that NRA TV put into the spin cycle, necessitating a clarification and an apology from Mike), it doesn’t appear very likely that anyone will be particularly “understanding” of Hughes if and when he does offer an explanation.
Put another way: Go fuck yourself, Jesse Hughes. I don’t care if you were drunk, high, off your depression meds, or pulling some kind of perverse publicity stunt or performance art piece. You’re an asshole, and I take back any sympathetic or empathetic comments I might have made about you and your band in 2015 following the Bataclan tragedy in Paris.
Do I have a problem with someone who deliberately picks on and acts cruelly towards someone who’s smaller, younger, and weaker? Particularly without prior provocation? You’re goddamn right, I do.
Over at The Guardian there’s a pretty good breakdown of the social media posts and a timeline of Hughes’ actions. To summarize, though: Hughes posted images along with commentary, including a “joke” equating turning in guns to stop violence to chopping off penises to stop rape; an already-discredited hoax-Photoshopped image of Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez ripping up a copy of the US Constitution; a taunt that “our guns aren’t going anywhere”; a pro-Second Amendment patch; and a ceramic eagle. Three of the offending posts have already been deleted, but not before plenty of Instagrammers grabbed screenshots. The Guardian was able to preserve the images and text for posterity as well.
Among Hughes’ choicest comments was one in which he chastised the Parkland kids for “exploiting the death of 16 of our fellow students for a few Facebook likes and some media attention”, along with “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, bizarrely, played the victim card — for himself, referring to the Bataclan massacre: “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.”
It takes a major douchebag to try to pull off a cruel crack like that. But then, Hughes is no stranger to douchery, having mocked France’s stringent gun control regulations after the Bataclan tragedy shortly after it happened, and then a few months later claimed that the Bataclan security team was complicit.
Hughes eventually apologized for the latter comments. But in light of his latest rant, that apology now seems pretty insincere, the sound of someone who was told by management he needed to do some damage control, and fast. I don’t think he’ll be able to apologize his way out of this one.
Appropriately enough, at the most recent post to the Eagles of Death Metal Facebook page, dated March 24 about the band’s recent show in Tempe, Arizona, the comments section, as of this writing, had hit 257 individual comments and 38 shares, nearly all of them negative. “Kiss your careers goodbye, schmucks” is one of the top comments, and I’ll just close here by saying, “Amen.”
After Josh Homme comes out of his daze and realizes it’s time to walk away from this clown, maybe Hughes can form a band with Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. They could call themselves The Douches of Death Metal, or Eagles of Douche Metal, or even, I dunno, The Amboy Douches…
Here’s some contact info that perhaps we can all put to good use:
Twitter: @EODMofficial | @jesseEODM
Instagram: @EODMofficial | @fatherbadass