Ronnie Radke Of Falling In Reverse

Falling In Reverse’s Ronnie Radke Weighs In On Cancel Culture: “Holding People Accountable For Something They Did 20 Years Ago Is Insane”


By now, it shouldn’t be a shock that Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke remains staunchly opposed to the practice of cancel culture. The 39-year-old mastermind behind the platinum-certified alternative metal outfit has certainly racked up a fair amount of experience with the subject, having managed to build a successful music career, despite a long history of controversy.

Radke was sentenced to two and a half years in prison back in 2006 due to his involvement in a fight which left an 18-year-old man dead. Radke would plead guilty to battery with substantial bodily harm, having been found to be in possession of brass knuckles during the fatal melee.

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While initially sentenced to probation, a subsequent violation of those terms led to his eventual prison sentence. Radke‘s tenure with Escape The Fate would come to an abrupt end as a result of that incident, leading him to go on to launch Falling In Reverse in the years afterward.

As you might imagine, he weathered considerable resistance upon his return to music. There’s also been numerous other incidents that have found Radke in legal hot water. From a domestic battery charge that was dropped, to an infamous mic stand throwing incident, which saw him arrested after two individuals attending a concert were injured when Radke launched several mic stands into the crowd.

In 2015, Radke would find himself accused of sexual assault. He would later go on to successfully sue his accuser for defamation, after a police investigation returned insufficient evidence to back up her claims.

In addition to his own dealings with Hoover‘s accuser, Radke‘s experience in that particular situation helped influence his recent public support for Crown The Empire guitarist/vocalist Brandon Hoover. Last year saw Hoover facing an allegation of domestic violence from an ex-girlfriend.

Hoover and his bandmates would go on to deny those allegations this past February. In a show of support, Radke also invited Crown The Empire to take part in Falling In Reverse‘s recently announced summer headlining tour.

When compounded with Radke‘s various public beefs with other musicians and feuds with fans, the ranks of both his supporters and haters have continued to grow over the years. As such, calls for his cancellation aren’t exactly new.

However, a more recent development finds some fans actively pressuring the likes of Underoath (see here) and Spiritbox (see here) to drop off their recently announced summer tour with Falling In Reverse.

In addition to citing the incidents from Radke‘s past mentioned above and the allegations against Hoover, some have taken to decrying Radke over allegedly problematic comments he made in the past. Radke seemingly recently referenced this latest wave of dissent on social media yesterday, offering:

Last week also saw Radke address the matter of cancel culture at length via the below video message he shared on TikTok in response to a fan. That fan commented to him, ‘Ronnie you have to admit there’s a lot of really bad people in rock music.’

Radke replied:

“There’s not. You have to understand that things 20 years ago were way different and that’s called culture shift, and culture change, and change in society. And people with low IQ’s are the loudest on Twitter and TikTok and they are the ones calling people out for saying things 20 years ago that were okay to say then, but they’re not okay to say now. And there’s even things from 20 years ago that people would do that were not okay, but people didn’t care as much and people want to call them out now. And like holding people accountable for something they did 20 years ago is insane.

I understand that we as a society are obsessed with celebrities to a point of demonizing them. That’s always been a thing. But at this point you guys are just demonizing everyone. And you’re not allowed to say anything, and everyone’s afraid of saying things. I’m not afraid of saying nothing. I’ve said terrible things. I’ve said really good things. I’ve done great things. I’ve done bad things. That doesn’t make me necessarily an evil person or an good person. It just makes me a human being.”

Falling In Reverse‘s ‘The Popular Monstour‘ with Ice Nine Kills will run as follows:

With Slaughter To Prevail & Catch Your Breath:

06/26 Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum
06/27 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
06/29 Hershey, PA – Giant Center

With Slaughter To Prevail & Crown The Empire:

06/30 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
07/02 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/03 Baltimore, MD – Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena

With Underoath & Crown The Empire:

07/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
07/06 Asheville, NC – Arena

With Underoath & Catch Your Breath:

07/08 Cedar Rapids, IA – Alliant Energy PowerHouse
07/09 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
07/11 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/12 Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheatre

Falling In Reverse & Ice Nine Kills:

07/14 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
07/15 Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival

With Slaughter To Prevail & Crown The Empire:

07/17 Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
07/18 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre

With Spiritbox & Catch Your Breath:

07/22 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels
07/24 Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
07/26 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center
07/27 Idaho Falls, ID – Mountain America Center
07/29 Sacramento, CA – Heart Health Park
07/30 Redding, CA – Redding Civic Lawn

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