Third Eye Blind taunted the crowd at an RNC-related concert—was that cool? | The Tylt
Third Eye Blind played a charity event at Cleveland's Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Tuesday evening—but their set seemed designed to enrage the mostly Republican audience. The band played none of their hits, except for one called "Jumper," which is about a gay friend of theirs who took his own life by jumping off a bridge. At one point lead singer Stephen Jenkins yelled "Raise your hand if you believe in science!" Paijba.com reported that the band "ended the show with a plea for gay rights, much to the booing consternation of the crowd in attendance."
Was it uncool for Third Eye Blind to troll a conservative audience?
Critics pointed out that the musicians basically foisted their beliefs on an unsuspecting crowd. Many people just don't think music and politics should mix anyway—especially as the concert was a benefit for a music-related nonprofit. If Third Eye Blind is so anti-GOP, why did they agree to the gig?
But supporters thought it was subversive and hilarious, and called it a legitimate way to protest Republican anti-gay and anti-science views. You can't invite a band to perform and expect to control what they're going to say or do—that's not how rock rolls. If the audience wanted to have their conservative views catered to, maybe they should've hired Toby Keith.
Was #ThirdEyeAwesome with their trolling? Or was #ThirdEyeOutOfLine?
Third Eye Blind taunted the crowd at an RNC-related concert—was that cool?
Third Eye Blind yelling, "Who here believes in Science?" at a concert for GOP people is the best thing I've heard in a long time.— Wendi Aarons (@WendiAarons) July 20, 2016
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