The musician posed for a couple film camera shots Monday. He shared a handful of the images to his Instagram feed with the caption, “The momentary flame of my youth will burn out before I know it. So will yours, take a moment to love that you are young, take a moment to love that you’re alive.”
The photographer, who goes by @kaykay on Instagram, shared an additional photo from what is presumed to be the same shoot on her story.
At first glance, nothing seems too out of the ordinary as Irwin sits at a table. However, many 5SOS fans immediately took issue with what Irwin had on his shirt.
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How about everyone stops hating on ash please yes the shirt has that flag on it but he didnt know it was on there so stop hating please if you keep hating he will probably not want to post on twitter or on here anymore so think first about what you are gonna say cause words hurt and id rather not see him upset because someone is saying rude things to him you should be spreading love to him not fucking hate just please watch what you say cause it will hurt someone if you keep saying that stuff to him or anyone- becky #ashtonirwin #5sos
The drummer is seen sporting a Lynyrd Skynyrd tee, but it wasn’t the band that fans were concerned with but rather the large Confederate flag featured on it. Lynyrd Skynyrd themselves have received quite a bit of backlash regarding their use of its imagery, so it was certainly to be expected.
Many were quick to point out why they took issue with Irwin wearing anything with the Confederate flag on it.
@Ashton5SOS i love you very much but i'd just like to inform you that the confederate flag on ur shirt represents the slavery thousands of african-americans were forced into. it's was and still is a sign of racist ideals, & that stuff isn't what we need in society. ❤️
— 𝙚𝙢𝙢𝙖 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙩𝙤𝙣 (@wdylash) March 5, 2019
did u lose that eye in the civil war? stop wearing things with the confederate flag on them
— c | 96 & 110 (@needyporter) March 5, 2019
And some pointed out that this has allegedly happened before with one of his bandanas in 2014.
that’s ashton’s second time with having something with a confederate flag YIKES
— marlona (@MlDNlGHTANGEL) March 5, 2019
ashton was educated on the confederate flag the last time he wore it he knew what he was doing hold him accountable i don’t feel sorry for him he paraded around in a confederate flag for the second time he’s gonna get shit i really don’t care if the sossies get mad ab it
— ً (@valentinesIive) March 5, 2019
okay imma be honest yes this band really fucking annoy me but this isn’t a new thing… in 2014 ashton wore a confederate bandana and YES its not okay and YES he needs to apologise but im not gonna fucking attack him over it. It was a band tee, it was unnecessary but stop
— lücy (@JetBlackIxwin) March 5, 2019
However, some were quick to defend the drummer, reminding others that the band hail from Australia and might not realize the flag’s history.
Plus he's Australian, not American, so maybe he didn't know what the Confederate battle flag meant. Now Ashton knows that he must void to wear any cloth with this flag from now on.
— emilio unicornio 🦄 (@plzcallmeemilio) March 5, 2019
Are people really sitting here getting triggered over @Ashton5SOS wearing a shirt that has the confederate flag on it? The flag represents our pride of our heritage not racism. 🙄
— Brittany king (@brittanycheyene) March 5, 2019
Irwin addressed the comments being shared about his shirt after a fan posted the Wikipedia article giving the flag’s history.
“Hey! This was a mistake and I didn’t realize that this shirt had a flag on it. Apologies.”
Hey! This was a mistake and I didn’t realize that this shirt had a flag on it. Apologies.
— Ashton Irwin (@Ashton5SOS) March 5, 2019
This is the second time Irwin has had to defend himself in the past month. After announcing their forthcoming tour with the Chainsmokers, 5 Seconds Of Summer came under fire. Additionally, 5SOS drummer Ashton Irwin was allegedly been urged by “fans” to relapse with self-harm following the tour announcement.
After receiving a plethora of nasty comments on an Instagram post shared yesterday, Irwin opted to turn the comments off. However, according to a 5SOS update and fan account, the drummer had pretty good reason to do so.
In a series of tweets, the user alleges that other followers were telling Irwin to relapse. While much of the fandom does not support the band’s decision to go on tour with the Chainsmokers, they have now denounced potentially toxic behavior within the community in regards to Irwin’s mental health.
“I was just notified that fans were telling him to relapse because of this,” the Twitter user says. “YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF. It is absolutely DISGUSTING to tell ANYONE that. and ASHTON of all people don’t deserve it. I actually feel sick to my stomach. I am ashamed to be part of the same fandom.”
However, Irwin received an outpouring of support following the alleged comments. Since Irwin turned off the comments on his Instagram post, the hashtag “#WeStandWithAshtonIrwin” began trending on Twitter in the United States.
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