Third Eye Blind Explains Trolling Republicans for "Grotesque" Nominee at Charity Gig
"We have Republican friends, family members, and fans, and we love them all. What we reject is what their party has come to stand for."
It was fitting that in the midst of a Republican National Convention boasting pro-Trump 'stars' like Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr., another blast from the past should pop up to speak for the left. Enter Third Eye Blind.
The '90s hitmakers played a Tuesday charity gig in Cleveland that, while not officially part of the RNC, was attended by many of those in town for the Republican Party party.
During their set for Musicians on Call (a charity that brings music to patients in healthcare facilities), Third Eye Blind eschewed "Semi-Charmed Life" in favor of political proselytizing to the mostly-GOP audience, saying things like, "Raise your hand if you believe in science."
Drawing boos, singer Stephan Jenkins replied, "You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf---in’ artist up here.”
On Facebook, Third Eye Blind explained the reasoning behind their politicized troll. While some liberals lauded TBE for striking from within the enemy's stronghold, others criticized them for using a charity gig as an opportunity to "repudiate" the RNC. Here's what they had to say about stoking the semi-charmed strife:
We did not play an RNC event. We performed at a benefit for Musicians on Call because we support their mission in bringing music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals.
Given that the benefit was held in Cleveland, we suspected that convention types might show up and we let it be known we were there to support Musicians on Call and that we in fact repudiate every last stitch of the RNC platform and the grotesque that is their nominee.
--Science is science.
--Coal is not clean.
--Black Lives Matter.
--LGBTQ = equal.
--Separation of church and state (still a good idea)
We could go on.
We have Republican friends, family members, and fans, and we love them all. What we reject is what their party has come to stand for. But in keeping with Musicians on Call's message, we believe in the gathering power of music. With that spirit we don't step back from our audience wherever or whomever they are.
Warmly, your friends in 3eb.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.