Members of Eagles Of Death Metal, the Offspring defend the Dickies in Warped Tour controversyJuly 5, 2017
Following an incident involving the Dickies, who played a select run of dates on the 2017 Warped Tour, calling out a festival-goer on-stage, Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes and the Offspring’s Noodles have spoken out in defense of the Dickies on-stage verbal response to a Warped Tour crew member.
“Long live freedom of speech and long live the notion that rock ‘n’ roll is about saying whatever the fuck you want!!!!!! Especially if it’s offensive to people Who are weak cowardly and can’t stand for anyone else to be free !!!!sticks and stones, my friends,sticks and stones!!!…..,” Hughes shared in his post on Instagram.
Read their statements in full below.
The two musicians are defending the Dickies after they used derogatory speech to directly call out a member of the crew, which Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman clarified last week.
Hughes says that a “safe zone is a place that exists in your home not at the place you voluntarily drive to and walk into and sit in an audience of that exists in a public place,” furthering his stance by saying “the enemies of free speech must be stopped at all costs.”
The Dickies forever !!!!the Dickies for all time!!!! long live freedom of speech and long live the notion that rock 'n' roll is about saying whatever the fuck you want!!!!!! Especially if it's offensive to people Who are weak cowardly and can't stand for anyone else to be free !!!!sticks and stones, my friends,sticks and stones!!!….., and PS a safe zone is a place that exists in your home not at the place you voluntarily drive to and walk into and sit in an audience of that exists in a public place….. maybe the people that don't like the Dickies can start a Gofundme for a good old fashioned “offensive” book bonfire!!!! Or maybe the enemies of free speech can start a Gofuckyourselffund campaign !!!I think we could raise money for that!!!! The enemies of free speech must be stopped at all costs!!!! Does anyone remember Lenny Bruce….. if Jim Morrison's obscenity arrest in Florida had taken place today I wonder how many members of the crowd would've cheered for the police…. and I don't know if anyone knows this about rock 'n' roll but it's been sexualized from the get go i.e. the words rock and roll…. or maybe the fact that every fucking rock 'n' roll song is either about butt fucking or having sex with a 16 or 17-year-old. allow me to quote the Beatles “she was just 17″….. or l”Ringo Starr “she 16 she's beautiful and she's mine”,…. or how about Willie Dixon “I'm your back door man The men don't know but the little girls they understand”. Or Bill Haley and the comets “I'm like a one eyed cat peeping in the seafood store”..,or Beyoncé's “naughty girl”….. and for anyone who is curious as to whether or not Rock'n'Roll has got something to do with penises in general just listen to grace Jones's “pull up to the bumper” or open up the cover to the Steppenwolf album entitled ” for ladies only” or listen to basically any of the fucking lyrics to any PJ Harvey song….(but if you talk to your psychiatrist he'll tell you that everything has to do with penises from skyscrapers to the cover of Disney's “little mermaid”) what would happen if we tried to remake Fast Times at Ridgemont High today. we could call it “Safe times or else”!! #thedickies
Noodles responded similarly, saying, “It takes some real guts (or is it idiocy?) to demand a “safe space” where nobody really wants or expects one to be, even though it really is a pretty goddamn safe place to begin with.” He concludes his statement with: “f*ck you, kiss my ass, blow me, blow me, blow me, you fat f*cking c*nts and assholes.”
Who would've thought that, in 2017, The Dickies would become “The Most Dangerous Band In America?” I'd like to congratulate The Dickies on finally achieving this great honor and distinction. Though they've long been one of my favorite bands I never thought of them as dangerous. Sure they play loud and fast but they're also so goddamn melodic and fun. I honestly don't see how anyone could seriously take offense from anything they do or say. Perhaps that just makes this achievement all the more important, so congratulations to The Dickies, and thank you for your years of service to the punk rock cause. I'd also like to thank the passive-aggressive idiot, or idiots, who precipitated this event by protesting a joke, from the side of the slam pit, at a punk rock show. It takes some real guts (or is it idiocy?) to demand a “safe space” where nobody really wants or expects one to be, even though it really is a pretty goddamn safe place to begin with. I am also looking forward to seeing The Dickies tomorrow night with @vandalsofficial , @wellhungheart and @guttermouthofficial because fuck you, kiss my ass, blow me, blow me, blow me, you fat fucking cunts and assholes. Sincerely, Noodles
Following the social media response calling out the Dickies for their on-stage behavior, the band stuck by their actions. You can read their statement in full, along with the footage circulating on Twitter of their on-stage callout, here.
Late last week, Lyman clarified that it was a member of the touring crew, not a fan, that the band called out on-stage. However, he did clarify that he does not “condone verbal or physical violence, whatsoever.”