By Radio.com Staff
Jesse Hughes is under fire for comments made recently about the Bataclan terrorist attack, which left 89 dead last November. The Eagles of Death Metal frontman spoke to Taki Magazine last week and revealed beliefs that many of the band’s fans are in staunch disagreement with.
A self-admitted gun-wielding conservative, Hughes was not only far from being politically correct during the interview, he claimed that political correctness is killing us, saying, “It’s okay to be discerning when it comes to Muslims in this day and age.”
Ismael El Iraki, a Parisian EODM fan wrote a lengthy heart-felt letter to Hughes. In it, he expresses his disappointment in the singer for being a bigot, painting everyone with the same brush, and compared him to Fox News and Donald Trump:
I love your music, your concerts mostly (such fun, wild shows) and man, I never thought that you would become one of those spreaders of fear. Fox News, Trump, all those guys. You always felt like a maverick, a rebel: we now know that you are not. We (and by that I mean the rebels, the mavericks, the rock crowd) always loved and defended you because you were a lovable fool and kind of a dumb f—, like the Three Stooges or Tex Avery’s wolf. You now proved your stupidity to be f—ing dangerous.
More specifically, he takes aim at Hughes’ comments that some Muslims were aware of the attack in advance (Hughes said in the Taki interview that “I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination.”)
“I happen to be an Arab and to look very much like one. I got a big black curly beard and the skin tone to match it. I also happen to live and breathe rock n’ roll. It is, my wife’s love aside, the single most important thing in my life. So of course, that warm November night, I was among the crowd at the Bataclan. Wasn’t gonna miss an EODM concert, and it was only the first of eight rock shows I had lined up that week… I could not look more Muslim if I tried. But apparently, the big bad Muslim conspiracy missed me. Damn, they forgot to warn me. They also forgot to warn Djamila, and all the other Arabs who got shot and killed that very night. They forgot to warn my fellow Moroccan Amin, who was shot that very night.”
El Iraki wraps up his letter with sentiments about what he believes the real spirit of rock ‘n roll to be.
“Rock ‘n’ roll is love, man. LOVE. Look at yourself: you have become a spreader of hate, brother. Try to be more in life like the persona we all love when you are on stage. Try to spread the love.”
“Just come back to the real spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, which is that a good rock show should make you wanna f— or fight. Not rally a nasty conservative politician.”
Read El Iraki’s full letter below.