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Iced Earth’s Stu Block Clarifies His Post That Appeared To Show Him Voicing Support For The U.S. Capitol Building Riot


Iced Earth frontman Stu Block has posted the below statement to clarify a screenshot circulating of his social media which appeared to show him voicing support for last week’s U.S. Capitol Building riot which his bandmate Jon Schaffer was involved in. On the day of the riot, January 06th, 2021, Block was seen to have made the following post and comment:

Stu Block Of Iced Earth On Social Media

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The U.S. Capitol riot saw an angry mob of what are widely thought to have been pro-Donald Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, ultimately resulting in the deaths of 4 rioters and 1 police officer.

Block‘s Iced Earth bandmate Jon Schaffer was seen to be among those who breached the Capitol Building with the FBI and local authorities having since been seeking him as a person of interest. Iced Earth themselves would go on to distance themselves from Schaffer‘s actions several days later, issuing this statement.

In response to the above screenshot, Block put out the following statement earlier today, January 11th:

“First I want to thank everyone for the amazing support you have shown. Unfortunately It has come to my attention in recent days about a screenshot someone made. There were some very obsessive hateful people posting the screenshot that I did have to remove from my social media

I do want to extend my apologies for the poor way I worded two Facebook posts on January the 6th. I’m human and I make mistakes. My wording was absolutely misunderstood and not properly thought out on my part and I know people and media can interpret things differently.

At that moment I saw a historical thing happening that perhaps would cause divide amongst people everywhere so I sent love out to everyone as well. I quickly took the post down after I realized that the post I put up with good intentions to encourage discussion about what was happening at that moment was severely misinterpreted by some.

This was all happening before I found out about the horrible line that was crossed that day by protesters. I also carelessly misread a comment someone posted on my official Facebook page and replied incorrectly and for that I am sorry. I was in the heat of the moment.

In the post, the commenter said: “Are you condemning what happened today Stu?” I replied: “and where in my statement would you get that impression?” In the craziness of responding to so many comments, some very hateful in nature which were also coming at me in rapid fire, I read the word as “condoning” which I DO NOT!! I see that this inaccurate misinterpreted screenshot has been shared on various social media pages and I want to go on record to say this AGAIN:

I absolutely DO NOT condone nor do I support ANY acts of violence or anything else that ANY protester or rioter was involved in on January 6th at the US Capitol building.

If you follow me, you know I am generally a man of Peace, Kitties and Music. I do believe in peaceful protest and expressing your grievances , I believe in questioning authority when it’s appropriate, but I also believe that it should be done in a peaceful, respectful and intellectual manner and within the confines of the law.

Again I apologize for any confusion. That’s it that’s all. I have been and will be taking a social media break and this is the only time I will ever address this inaccurate misinterpreted screenshot. Much Love and Stay Strong. ❤️
Stu Block ❤️”

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