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There has been a whole lot of talk about political correctness in 2018, with a focus on how free speech and hate speech intersect one another in modern culture.

Of course, we want to err on the side of free speech in all possible scenarios, believing in the concepts that our Founding Fathers felt were most crucial at the time in which our great nation was conceived.  We believe that all men and women who call themselves “American” should feel comfortable expressing whatever opinion they feel is appropriate, unless of course that opinion is that we should be inciting riots or making terroristic threats.

We would like to believe that the rest of America should be smart enough to determine for themselves the quality of the information that they are receiving.

Or, in the case of punk rock band NOFX, Americans should be intelligent enough to understand what sort of opinions they are supporting.

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Punk band NOFX is facing backlash after joking about those killed during the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas attack, saying, “At least they were country fans and no punk rock fans.”

NOFX band members made the comments while on stage during the Las Vegas Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival.

People reports that NOFX frontman Fat Mike said, “We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Hooray.” Another band member responded, “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band.”

Another band member then said, “That [massacre] sucked, but at least they were country fans and no punk rock fans.” He tried to bring levity to moment by adding, “You were all thinking it.”

Of course, NOFX is going to claim to be insulated for this sentiment by the magical power of “punk rock” –  an undefinable ethos that is often used as a scapegoat for poor taste…much like this situation itself.

Again, we find ourselves in a land devoid of decorum, particularly when it comes to the democratic side of things.

“Punk rock” or not, NOFX will certainly be held responsible for these statements, either by the fans who reject them, or the radicalized leftists who will soon flock to the band in droves, further isolating their message from the realm of excusability.

 

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