Eagles Of Death Metal vocalist and guitarist Jesse Hughes says he’s truly sorry for the comments he made about those taking part in anti-gun protests.
Following last month’s student-led anti-gun demonstrations – which came after 17 people were killed in the mass shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida – Hughes uploaded a series of Instagram posts slamming those calling for tighter gun control laws in the US and called them “pathetic and disgusting.”
He’s now posted a video saying he didn’t intend his remarks to be “a mean-spirited, personal attack” and has apologised.
Hughes says: “Recently I made some posts on Instagram that did not communicate how I feel about a variety of topics. What I had intended to be a statement about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement our nation’s youth came off seeming like a mean-spirited, personal attack and slight of the youth themselves and even a personal attack of its leadership.
“I want to be clear – I never intended for that to happen. I was not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing they’ve accomplished. I truly am sorry. I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm.
“As someone who’s watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they love, I should have handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly, and I did not do that and I messed up.
“I hope that you’re able to forgive me, but please know that I did not mean to do what it seems like it was I was doing.”
He has since deleted his previous Instagram posts.