Wavves Declare Concerts Off-Limits to Racists, Homophobes, and Trump Supporters
Wavves frontman Nathan Williams has issued an edict declaring his band's concerts off limits to people he sees as "part of the problem" with today's sociopolitical climate.
Williams outlined his new policy in a recent tweet, explaining that while he doesn't "want everyone at my shows to be a clone of each other," he's become sufficiently troubled by what he described as "constant rape, murder, racism, homophobia, and misogyny" to try and do his part to take a stand.
What that means for Williams is making it clear "who I personally make music for, and who I don't" — and the latter group includes racists, homophobes, and anyone planning on voting for Donald Trump this fall.
"If you've ever said or supported #alllivesmatter, you're not welcome at a Wavves show," he wrote. "If you've gone out of your way to defend police in America, you're not welcome at a Wavves show. If you've ever even thought a victim of rape had it coming [because] she was dressed a certain way, or was 'too intoxicated,' you're not welcome at a Wavves show. If you are white and use racial slurs, in person, to friends, to enemies — you are not welcome at a Wavves show. If you support Donald Trump — [because] this is basically three or four of the aforementioned topics — you are not welcome at a Wavves show."
Anticipating the inevitable backlash from his remarks, Williams pointed out that he doesn't think he's perfect, but he'd "rather have a room half filled with good energy than one filled with hate," and in going out of his way to brand the band's concerts in this way, he's hoping to encourage fans to think more about their personal views and how they express them.
"People are suffering every day," he concluded. "The way I see it, you are either part of the solution or part of the problem."
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