NOFX have issued an apology statement for the insensitive, despicable jokes about the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting.
The band, who were playing their set at Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival set in Las Vegas, attempted some ‘banter’ on stage by saying “at least they were country fans” in regards to the 59 music fans shot dead last year.
Then, what followed with the criticism, was the band’s major sponsor Stone Brewing deciding to cut all ties with NOFX: “We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
Now, the band themselves have apologised for “crossing the line” with their jokes. The statement read: “There’s no place here to backpedal. What NOFX said in Vegas was shameful. We crossed the line of civility” before adding that the comments were “off the cuff, but just as hurtful.”
We won’t blame it on drugs or alcohol or Ambien,” they write. “That’s too easy. NOFX said it, and we own it. We made a tasteless joke. But to be clear, NOFX does not condone violence against ANY group of people, period!”