Following all the backlash and calls for radio bans, PEARL JAM have issued a brief statement regarding their controversial Montana concert poster, which depicts a rotting corpse of US President Donald Trump.
The statement was given to Rolling Stone by bassist Jeff Ament, who created the poster with artist Bobby Draws Skullz.
“The role of artists is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has us thinking and feeling. I was the sole conceptualist of this poster, and I welcome all interpretations and discourse. Love, from the First Amendment, Jeff Ament.”
Ament previously said that “we’re at a tipping point, and it’s time for action,” calling for PEARL JAM‘s Montana fans to support the reelection of Democratic Senator Jon Tester, adding:
“[He] is the real deal. Nobody cares more about our country and especially Montana.”
Poster was also mentioned on Fox News program “Hannity,” with host Sean Hannity saying:
“Now, of course, what segment on America’s left would be complete without an overt threat to the President of the United States?
Take a look, this poster from the band Pearl Jam, which shows the skeletal remains of what appears to be dead President Trump outside a burning White House. While Pearl Jam apparently wants the President to go down in flames, most Democrats will settle for impeachment.”
Here's Hannity screaming about a Pearl Jam poster pic.twitter.com/EC3gLrDIQa
— Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) August 16, 2018