The rock band Eagles of Death Metal was performing in Paris when armed terrorists gunned down 130 unarmed innocents on November 13. Now, French music festivals are dropping the band for speaking out against gun control.
At least two festivals, Le Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine, have decided to nix the Eagles of Death Metal from their lineup.
On February 14, Breitbart News reported that Eagles of Death Metal lead singer Jesse Hughes said that since the Paris terrorist attack, he does not go anywhere without a gun. AFP quoted Hughes saying, “I don’t go anywhere in America without a gun anymore. That sucks. And I’m not paranoid. I’m not a cowboy … but I wanna be prepared.” Hughes is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Speaking to the French channel iTele, Hughes intimated that the slaughtered innocents could have defended themselves had they been armed. He said, “I know people will disagree with me … but that night guns made them equal.”
Now, music festivals are dropping the band. Rolling Stone reported that organizers of the Le Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine festivals posted a Facebook announcement on May 20, which said, “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.”