Third Eye Blind frontman Stephen Jenkins used a charity concert in Cleveland Tuesday to taunt Republicans in the crowd, telling attendees, “Raise your hand if you believe in science.”
The charity concert — a fundraiser for the organization Musicians on Call — was billed by the band as an “RNC Edition” of their act.
Jenkins also mocked the socially conservative positions held by some Republicans. Prior to playing the song “Jumper,” Jenkins said that he hoped attendees would listen to the song and accept people “like my cousins who are gay into the American fabric.”
“To love this song 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 that fear on other people,” he said.
Some attendees expressed their disappointment on Twitter, but the band wasn’t particularly concerned.
@LWhiteGRLprob good— Third Eye Blind (@ThirdEyeBlind) July 20, 2016
Epic @ThirdEyeBlind troll of RNC event. Played none of the hits, bashed GOP platform, asked "Who here believes in science?" So much booing.— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) July 20, 2016
The band’s Twitter account also responded to a query from a Yahoo News reporter about whether they were concerned making a political statement would damage the charity event.
@hunterw Great question. We were not, as musicians on call were well aware of who we are and our take on things (like science and rights!)— Third Eye Blind (@ThirdEyeBlind) July 20, 2016
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