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Stone Brewing Co. cut ties with NOFX after they joke about Las Vegas shooting

Posted by on May 31, 2018

Comedy and punk rock go hand in hand. Many a snotty punk rock band’s lyrics or onstage demeanor are steeped in having senses of humor. But how far is too far? Maybe entertainers should think a bit before saying something that could ruin their career. We’ve already seen Roseanne Barr essentially kiss her career goodbye after her highly offensive racist Twitter post, leading ABC executives to almost instantly pull the plug on the reboot of Roseanne. With that said, NOFX’s 35 year career could come to an end after their recent show at the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV this past weekend on the 27th.

While the group is known to unapologetically offend everyone, which was ironically part of their charm, these punk rockers went overboard with some comments during the show. During their performance, the following dialogue between frontman/guitarist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin happened:

 

Fat Mike: “We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Alright.”

 

Eric Melvin: “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band.”

 

Fat Mike: “You know that sucked, but at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”

 

After noticing the crowds disapproval, in the below clip, you hear members of the band saying “Did I offend somebody? I can’t fucking believe it.”

It’s obvious that they were trying to make light out of what happened on October 1st, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. The horrific shooting when an armed gunman killed 58 people and injured over 850 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. However, what they didn’t realize is, there is no light to be made of that horrible incident.

NOFX hasn’t apologized for what was said, however, many are done with them as it doesn’t look like Vegas will welcome them back anytime soon. The organizers of the Punk Rock Bowling Festival have issued a formal apology while the The Blast has reported Stone Brewing, the company that manufactures the band’s beer and sponsors its music festival have severed all ties with them.

“We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer.”

 

UPDATE: NOFX shared a brief apology and are currently working on making it more formal.  

“I can’t sleep, no one in my band can. What we said in Vegas was shitty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks. So we decided we will all get together to discuss and write an in depth, sincere, and honest apology because that’s what the people we offended and hurt deserve.”

 

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