A poster depicting the White House in flames is being condemned by Republicans for being “gory” and “encouraging violence.”
Pearl Jam’s official poster from their Monday concert in Missoula, Montana shows the burning White House as well as a bald eagle that is pecking at a skeleton which is believed to represent President Donald Trump, SF Gate reported.
The poster, a collaboration between Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and artist Bobby Brown, promoted the “Rock2Vote” concert which aimed to get out the youth vote for the November midterm elections and drive support for Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, who is from Ament’s hometown of Big Sandy.
Tester is portrayed in the poster flying over a burning Washington, D.C., in a tractor. In the background, smoke forms the word “Vote” while in the foreground are other people and objects.
Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale, Tester’s GOP opponent, is also part of the drawing, with a crab claw hand carrying a “Maryland” flag in reference to his home state.
“The role of the artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has us thinking and feeling,” Ament said in a statement on Wednesday. “I was the sole conceptualist of this poster, and I welcome all interpretations and discourse.”
The description accompanying the poster read:”D.C. burning. Tester Evel Knievel on tractor … over the cesspool below. Russian money, golf courses, hookers? Maryland Matt. Stars and Stripes as flames.”
Rosendale demanded Tester “denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism,” calling the poster “disgusting and reprehensible.”
“Once again, Jon Tester has shown he will stand with the far-left over Montanans,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “This poster from Pearl Jam is disgusting and reprehensible. It depicts a dead President Trump and a burning White House. It’s time for Jon Tester to denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism.”
The National Republican Senate Committee also denounced Tester for not condemning the poster, comparing it to other incidents of public figures “encouraging violence” against the president, as in the infamous photo of Kathy Griffin holding the fake, bloody Trump head.
But Tester’s camp claimed it had no knowledge of the propaganda poster and immediately tried to distance themselves from it.
“We never saw the poster before the show and we don’t like it,” Tester spokesman Chris Meagher said. “And we don’t condone violence of any kind.”
Fans of the band were just at outraged and expressed their anger on social media.
If that’s not incitement, I don’t know what is.
— Abdussalam Aljoffe عبدالسلام الجوفي (@_m0ndher_) August 16, 2018
Utterly disgusting. With an eagle on his corpse. The band is espousing murder and destruction of the White House. No class, no respect. Nothing but hate, anger, lies and violence….your reservation in hades is confirmed. No cancellation policy.
— Johnny G (@CoachJohnnyG) August 16, 2018
: Pearl Jam just lost a fan!
— Captain Skywarn (@n0jaa) August 16, 2018
cya Pearl Jam. That sucking sound was your record sales going down the toilet.
— XNetmasterX (@NetmasterSr) August 16, 2018
Well Pearl Jam is off my playlist
— America (@America17762017) August 15, 2018
This is horrible. I don’t care who you are or who represents who. It’s pure hatred.
— Teresa Guidry (@nonstopmom) August 15, 2018
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