Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, whose band was playing the Bataclan theater during the deadly 2015 Paris terror attacks, accused Parkland, Fla., shooting survivors on Sunday of “playing hooky at the expense of 16 of your classmates blood.”
In a series of Instagram posts, the 45-year-old rocker blasted “pathetic and disgusting” March For Our Lives protesters, reiterated his support for the Second Amendment and shared a doctored right-wing meme of student activist Emma González ripping apart the Constitution, The Guardian reports.
Jesse Hughes was playing the Bataclan theater in Paris with his band Eagles of Death Metal during a deadly Islamic State terror attack in 2015.
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One post features an illustration of a woman telling a man, “I turned in my gun to do my part in ending violence,” with the man responding, “I chopped off my d–k to stop rape.”
“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 very action,” Hughes wrote.
Hughes continued, “May everyone (sic) 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.”
In the post featuring the altered image of González, which has since been deleted, Hughes described the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student as “the Awful Face of Treason” and a “survivor of Nothing.”
Memorable signs from the March for Our Lives rallies
Another deleted post displayed several images including a bottle of pills labeled “Hard to Swallow” followed by a hand holding three pills, each accompanied by a caption: “Our guns aren’t going anywhere,” “There are only 2 genders” and “Donald Trump will be your president for 7 more years.”
Hughes is no stranger to making controversial remarks, having pushed a conspiracy theory that staff at the historic Paris theater were somehow involved with the ISIS massacre that left 89 dead at the concert and 130 dead overall in other attacks across the city.
Hughes shared a viral, right-wing meme of an image doctored to show González tearing the Constitution in half.
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He also claimed to have seen Muslims, “celebrating in the street during the attack.”
Hughes later apologized for his “absurd accusations.”
Several posts were removed from Hughes’ Instagram page before he announced he would create a separate account to share his political beliefs.
The posts come in response to Saturday’s student-led March For Our Lives demonstrations, which featured thousands of gun control activists in Washington, D.C., across the country and around the world protesting for tougher gun laws.
Student survivors of last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School organized March For Our Lives to demand stricter gun control laws.
“We’re going to be revving up for the election,” Gonzalez said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday.
“This is not the end. This was just the beginning.”