The frontman for Eagles of Death Metal is apologizing and trying to explain why he criticized the teen survivors from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and seemingly bashed them for trying to reform gun control.
Jesse Hughes posted a video Saturday afternoon explaining why he publicly claimed the “pathetic” survivors were “vile abusers of the dead” and were “exploiting” the deaths of their friends. He says his message was miscommunicated, and he is apologizing for handling the situation so poorly.
Hughes says, “Recently I made posts on my Instagram that did not communicate how I feel about a variety of topics. 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.
He’s referring to comments he made towards student-activist Emma González, calling her a “survivor of nothing” and the “awful face of treason.”
Hughes continues, “I want to be clear I never intended for that to happen. I was not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing they’ve accomplished, ” adding, “I truly am sorry, I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm.”
The singer speaks on the shooting at the Bataclan: “As someone who has watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they loved, I should have handled this more maturely and responsibly and I did not do that … and I messed up.”
Hughes wraps up his statement by pleading for forgiveness, and saying “I did not mean to do what it seems like it was that I was doing.”