Third Eye Blind Troll Republican National Convention, Get Booed Hard
Several musicians -- Adele, Foo Fighters, etc. -- have banned politicians from playing their music during campaign stops in an attempt to distance themselves from candidates whose beliefs don't line up with their own. But '90s relic Third Eye Blind took it above and beyond when they performed during an event tied to the Republican National Convention as an act of protest.
The band used their appearance during last night’s (July 19) Cleveland show at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum as an attempt to express their many grievances with the Republican party and its supporters, according to Billboard.
While the concert was a fundraiser for the nonprofit Musicians on Call and not officially affiliated with the RNC, most of the attendees were members of the Republican party.
Frontman Stephan Jenkins antagonized the crowd with his comments about gay rights and inclusion, saying the party needs to welcome people like “my cousins, who are gay, into the American fabric."
Third Eye Blind further trolled their audience by refusing to play any of their biggest hits (that means no "Semi-Charmed Life") -- save for "Jumper," which Jenkins wrote about a gay man committing suicide.
"To love this song," Jenkins began, before launching into the track, "is to take into your heart the message and to actually have a feeling to arrive and move forward and not live your life in fear and imposing your fear on other people.”
Those in attendance were unhappy with the performance, and they expressed their distaste by booing the band and posting about the show on Twitter. Third Eye Blind, however, refused to back down.
After one concertgoer tweeted them, "I have never been more disappointed," the band shot back a succinct, "Good."
Third Eye Blind have never hidden their political beliefs from the public. Four years ago, Jenkins wrote an impassioned blog post for The Huffington Post about the band's decision to decline a similar invitation back in 2012.
"Mitt Romney says he wants to have an open and welcoming convention. Wow," he wrote. "Open and welcoming to whom? Students who need Pell Grants? My gay Republican cousin who wants to get married? Brown people from Arizona who forgot their ID? People who like roads, air traffic controllers, and disaster funding for hurricanes — you know, all that stuff Republicans think is wasteful spending? The over three million Americans who got working again because of the stimulus? Women who want fair pay or choice with their health? I mean really, who do they actually welcome??
"They are in fact, a party dedicated to exclusion," he continued. "No where is this more clear than their stop-people-who-don’t-vote-for-Republicans-from-voting-at-all-Voter ID law. They now seek to subvert the democratic process itself because they no longer think they can win by adhering to basic tenets of our democracy like the Voting Rights Act. I call that craven. For that reason alone, if I came to their convention, I would Occupy their convention."
Read Jenkins' full blog over at The Huffington Post.
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