Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose concert was the site of the Paris terror attacks last November, will no longer be playing at the Cabaret Vert and Rock en Seine festivals in August. The cancellation comes in the wake of recent Islamaphobic comments made by the band’s frontman, Jesse Hughes.
The Rock en Seine festival announced the cancellation on their website. “Being in total disagreement with Jesse Hugues’ [sic] recent allegations given in an itw [sic] with an american media, both Cabaret Vert & Rock en Seine festivals have decided to cancel the band’s performance. We thank you for your understanding,” the statement reads.
In an interview with Taki’s Magazine Hughes said, “I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination.” He also elaborated on his theory that Bataclan theater security guards were involved in the terror attacks: “If [the attackers] were hanging out enough to let three people go, then they knew security dudes. They knew bouncers. They knew doormen.” When asked if he thought a percentage of the security staff was Muslim, Hughes replied:
I know they were. Look, security guards backstage are notorious for being dicks. They check your ID every few minutes and nobody goes back and forth without being checked, even if you’re in the band. This guy didn’t care what we did. … The only time he seemed remotely interested in us was when he said to my girlfriend, “Do you speak French?” and “Where are you from?” ... I honestly think he was trying to determine if she was Arab or not … and I think he was going to warn her if she was Muslim.
During the interview, Hughes, a Trump supporter and a pro-gun rights advocate, also revealed his views on political correctness. When asked, “Do you think political correctness is killing our natural instincts and making us vulnerable?” Hughes responded:
Definitely. There were two girls who were involved [in the attacks]. They were at the venue and vanished before the shooting, and these women were in traditional Muslim garb. They knew people wouldn’t check them because of the way they were dressed. They got caught a few days later.
Previously, Hughes spoke about this theory with FOX Business. Le Bataclan has denied Hughes’ claims, calling them “insane.”