As we all know, the most effective way to promote love and unity is to call half the population ignorant bigots. Nineties rock band Third Eye Blind put this truth into practice on Tuesday, taking a “heroic” stand against its mostly Republican audience.
“Raise your hand if you believe in science!” the lead singer, Stephan Jenkins, yelled to the crowd.
What an edgy and non-patronizing thing to ask of an audience! We should all applaud Jenkins for his unwavering commitment to science education.
— Q104.3 (@Q1043) July 20, 2016
The band also eschewed its biggest hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” for songs with overtly political messages, like “Non-Dairy Creamer.” This song includes such unifying lyrics as “The guy in the pulpit is a bigot.”
I’m glad Jenkins found the courage to share his novel message with the audience.
— Rachel Zarrell ✨ (@rachelzarrell) July 20, 2016
There were mixed reactions to this publicity stunt valiant crusade for justice.
Some took issue with the fact they were politically posturing at a charity event.
— F. Bill McMorris (@FBillMcMorris) July 20, 2016
Others blamed the GOP.
Serves GOP right for inviting a crappy band that hasn’t been hot since I was in high school. https://t.co/FsNA9mpkSv
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 20, 2016
But perhaps the cogent reaction came from this Facebook user, who asked why the band chose to do the show in the first place:
Great job, Third Eye Blind. But you might want to remember one thing: in the immortal words of Michael Jordan, “Republicans buy sneakers too.”