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Ronnie Radke Rails Against Homophobia Accusations Amid Concerted Campaign To Get Falling In Reverse Booted From Festivals & Shows


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Ronnie Radke, the seemingly ever-controversial vocalist of multi-platinum alternative metal band Falling In Reverse, has railed against a concerted campaign against him and his band. According to this video shared online by Radke on social media today (June 19th,) an individual has been contacting various festivals and bands that have bookings with Falling In Reverse, alleging that they essentially will be associated with anti-trans and anti-LGBT views, or at least give such views ‘tacit approval’, should they choose to work with him.

The email being sent to individuals cites apparently unspecified examples of alleged bigotry on Radke‘s part, while also making mention of him recently donating all proceeds from his controversial ‘Pander Express’ shirt to Gays Against Groomers, a right-wing activist organization that claims to ‘stand against the sexualization, indoctrination and medicalization of minors under the guise of ‘LGBTQIA+’.’ That organization have a divisive reputation among the left-wing.

In response to the apparent campaign, Radke said in his newly shared video:

“Every single band on planet earth could agree with this email and it would not change the fact that I would literally stand my ground. I don’t care. The entire world has already been against me for 18 years. I don’t care. That’s what it feels like — I know they haven’t — but that’s what it feels like sometimes. I’m gonna stand my ground. You’re not gonna literally force me into being homophobic. You know what I mean?

Like you guys say that I’m homophobic so much that you try to make it… it’s like almost gaslighting me into into believing that I’m actually [homophobic], ‘well, maybe I am.’ I’m not. I’m not homophobic, transphobic, you idiot.”

After hinting that he has uncovered the identity of the person behind the campaign, Radke continued:

“Every single band, every festival could kick me off. I don’t care. I don’t fucking care. Fuck all of y’all, I’ll play by myself. Guess what would happen? I would assume what would happen if all that happened, if everybody stopped playing with me, what happened to Target, and what happened to Budweiser and what happened to Planet Fitness. Fuck you. Oh, man, everybody agrees that I’m a bigot. So guess what? I guess I’ll do a tour by myself.”

After reading off some memes of Falling In Reverse having to mount tours solely by themselves (complete with a mild new entry in the long-running feud with Sanguisugabogg), Radke added:

“I will literally play by myself in a dirty parking lot before I ever literally succumb to the pressure of these fucking idiots. Because the second you do that, you turn into Budweiser, Target and Planet Fitness. Your stock goes down. Everybody sees you for weak. It’s stupid. You’re not gonna force me into being a bigot. I’m not a bigot. I know who I am. I’ve been doing this for a long time.

I’ve put gay people in my music videos to stand in solidarity, even trans in my videos. And even before that, even before all of this popularity trend contest with who could be more trans, I’ve been doing this for so long. You guys are just too young, and you don’t ever remember what I’ve done for this community.

You’re not gonna you’re not gonna force me to, like, literally, bow to anybody that tries to fuck with children. I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you are. I don’t care what you’re doing. If a kid’s not old enough to drink at 21, [then a] kids not old enough to decide their gender at five-years-old. Fuck you. That’s where I stand.

And if I have to fuck a dude to prove that I’m not homophobic, I will. can you imagine? Just like, ‘hey guys, look, I fucked a dude. Am I welcome? Can you guys play with me still please?’ You can email literally everyone in the world and I and I promise you, the people that actually like me, do not give a fuck about you, because they know who I am as a person.

You’re not gonna force people into… anybody that believes this email is fucking stupid as shit. You deserve whatever is coming to, you know what I mean, you guys are stupid. So, have a nice fucking day. Go fuck yourself.”

While Radke was has faced bannings in the past from social media networks for controversial statements regarding trans identity, hist most recent music video for the single “All My Life” starred transgender political commentator Blaire White in a significant role.

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