Eagle of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes, who survived the Bataclan mass concert shooting, has called March for Our Lives supporters ‘pathetic’ and said survivors of the Florida school massacre have insulted the memories of their slain classmates.
In a series of now-deleted Instagram posts, Hughes took aim at those participating in Saturday’s anti-gun protests across the US.
The nationwide demonstrations were sparked by the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14 in which 17 people were killed.
Eagle of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes, who survived the Bataclan mass concert shooting, has called March for Our Lives supporters ‘pathetic’ in a series of Instagram posts
Hughes, 45, is a survivor of a mass shooting after jihadists opened fire inside the Bataclan theatre in Paris while he was on stage performing in 2015.
The singer posted five times about the gun control protests, including once when he wrote student survivors were capitalizing on the deaths of their classmates by staging protest walkouts.
He shared an illustration of a woman telling a man: ‘I turned in my gun to do my part in ending violence’, before he replies: ‘I chopped off my own d**k to stop rape’.
In a caption accompanying the post, Hughes accused the teen Parkland shooting survivors of exploiting the death of their classmates and teachers for a ‘few Facebook likes and some media attention’.
‘The Whitney Houston song about letting the children lead the way wasn’t actually had operating paradigm for life…..And when the truth don’t line up with your bulls**t narrative just hold your breath and stamp your feet and refused to except it….,’ he wrote.
He posted five times about the gun control protests, including once (above) when he wrote student survivors were capitalizing on the deaths of their classmates by staging walkouts
He also shared a Photoshopped image of student activist Emma Gonzalez (above) appearing to rip up a copy of the US Constitution, saying she was ‘the awful face of treason’
Hughes, who survived the 2015 Paris terror attacks, also posted this illustration in response to the gun control protests over the weekend
‘Then take multiple days off of school playing hooky at the expense of 16 of your classmates blood….!…. it might be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and disgusting……’
‘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 every action.’
He also shared a Photoshopped image of student activist Emma Gonzalez appearing to rip up a copy of the US Constitution, saying she was ‘the awful face of treason’ and a ‘survivor of nothing’.
Hughes, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, has been known to make offensive remarks following the 2015 Paris terror attacks that resulted in 90 deaths.
He once suggested that the security guards at the Bataclan had been in on the attacks and claimed that Muslims were celebrating outside when the shooting unfolded.
His latest comments about gun control sparked backlash on Twitter.
Some outraged fans called for his music to be boycotted with one in particular describing him as ‘a deluded redneck’ who ‘should not, under any circumstances, be taken seriously.’
The main March for Our Lives event was held in Washington DC where survivors from Stoneman Douglas High School gave passionate speeches calling for gun reform.
Hundreds of thousands of people filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on Saturday for the March For Our Lives against gun violence
Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, both survivors of the Parkland school shooting, gave stirring speeches in Washington DC on Saturday as part of the protest
The main March for Our Lives event was held in Washington DC where survivors from Stoneman Douglas High School gave passionate speeches calling for gun reform
They were joined by a raft of stars including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Spielberg, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus.
Another 800 events were held around the world for the same cause.
Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal of the event organizers, made a stirring appearance on stage after she remained silent in front of the crowd for 6 minutes and 20 seconds – the amount of time it took gunman Nikolas Cruz to murder 17 people at her high school.
‘Six minutes and 20 seconds… In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken, 15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone, in the Douglas community was forever altered,’ she said.
‘Everyone who was there understands. who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands. For us, long, tearful chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing.
‘No one understood the extent of what had happened. No one could believe that there were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day.
‘No one knew that the people who were missing had stopped breathing long before any of us even knew that a code red had been called. No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach or where this would go.’
Hughes, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, has been known to make offensive remarks following the 2015 Paris terror attacks that resulted in 90 deaths. He is pictured outside the Bataclan concert hall after the attacks
Eagles of Death Metal were performing on stage in Paris when a group of men armed with assault rifles stormed into the venue and opened fire. The band is pictured above moments before the deadly attack