Mike IX Williams Says Eyehategod Didn’t Create Admat Which Made Arkansas Senator Call For Venue Boycott


Eyehategod vocalist Mike IX Williams has spoken further on the controversy generated by an admat being used to promote their upcoming May 25th show at Vinos in Little Rock, AR. That admat featured an unauthorized picture of Arkansas senator Jason Rapert (R) being depicted as eating a baby. Once word of the admat reached Rapert, he called for a boycott on the venue.

Williams then took to social media to fire back at him, in part stating:

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“…Please stick to destroying peoples lives by trying to ban same sex marriage, opposing medical marijuana legalization, threatening minorities, and absolutely attacking women’s right to choose. Your moral crusade against basic human rights will be fought at every turn.”

In a new interview with Decibel, Williams revealed that his band was not involved with the creation of the admat itself, stating:

“…We toured the entirety of last year and we’re doing the same this year, so there’s a lot of flyers and Facebook event posts and things like this that just go straight by me because there’s so many of them.

We did not make the flyer. It was someone there at the club or the promoter or someone made that. I saw that after he made his post. After our good senator made his post, that’s when I saw the flyer.”

When asked about his reaction to the flyer, he commented:

“…I saw it yesterday morning, pretty early yesterday morning, so things hadn’t quite started snowballing yet. How did I react? I found it hilarious, but at the same time annoying that this guy’s got a right… He has an absolute right to do this, annoyed that people are offended by artwork or offended by the whole thing, but it is his face on the flyer so I can see where that would annoy or aggravate the guy.

They’ve since changed the poster. I think someone contacted the people there at Vino’s and maybe had a talk with them or something. I’m not sure exactly how that was told to them but the poster’s been changed. I reacted in both ways: Amazed that someone is always trying to stop people from having fun, and it’s obviously satire and it’s parody of this guy. He’s anti-abortion, so the eating the baby thing is pretty funny to me.”

Williams further discusses the controversy, politics and censorship in the interview, you can read on Decibel. Eyehategod have some extensive touring plans booked in the months ahead, here’s where you can catch them:

02/27 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
02/28 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
03/01 Los Angeles, CA – 5 Star Bar
03/02 Tijuana, MEX – Club Paradise
03/05 Osaka, JAP – Club Quattro
03/06 Tokyo, JAP – Club Quattro
03/08 Manila, PHL – Darkside
03/09 Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Ruma Api
03/10 Geylang, SNG – Decline

With The Obsessed:

03/29 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/30 Austin, TX – Lost Well
03/31 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
04/01 Oklahoma City, OK – 87th Street
04/02 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
04/03 Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks

With The Obsessed & Antiseen:

04/04 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
04/05 Nashville, TN – The Tap Room
04/06 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
04/07 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies
04/08 Chesapeake, VA – The Riff House
04/09 Chapel Hill, NC – 506
04/10 Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks
04/11 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
04/12 Miami, FL – Gramps
04/13 New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf

With Negative Approach * Sheer Terror:

05/07 Amityville, NY – Music Hall
05/08 Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom (feat. Disassociate)
05/09 Boston, MA – The Middle East (feat. Disassociate)
05/10 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge (feat. Disassociate)
05/11 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland (feat. FYPM)
05/12 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland (feat. Phobia & Disassociate)
05/13 Portland, ME – Geno’s (feat. Phobia)
05/14 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar (feat. Phobia)
05/15 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611 (feat. Phobia)
05/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo (feat. Phobia & FYPM)
05/17 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club (feat. Phobia & FYPM)
05/18 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary (feat. Phobia & FYPM)
05/19 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop (feat. Phobia & FYPM)

With Phobia, Deadbird & Seahag:

05/24 Little Rock, AR – Vinos

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