Jesse Hughes Issues Apology for His Controversial Comments About Anti-Gun Protesters

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After Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes recently made controversial statements in the wake of the March for Lives rallies, he is now issuing an apology.

In a video posted to Instagram, Hughes —who called the anti-gun protesters “disgusting vile abusers of the dead” — said his previous comments didn’t clearly present his views. “I was not intending to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing they’ve accomplished,” he said in his apology video.

Hughes added, “I truly am sorry. I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm. As someone who’s watched their friends shot in front of their eyes, and seen people killed that they love, I should have handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly, and I did not do that and I messed up. I hope that you’re able to forgive me, but please know that I did not mean to do what it seems like I was doing.”

You can watch the entire video for yourself down below.

Hughes himself is a mass shooting survivor, as Eagles of Death Metal were playing the Bataclan in Paris when it was the site of a terrorist attach in 2015.