NOFX lose major sponsorship deal over Las Vegas shooting comments
NOFX have lost a major sponsorship deal in the wake of the band’s onstage comments about the Las Vegas shooting.
Earlier today Far Out reported how NOFX had been caught making disgustingly offensive comments about the victims of a mass shooting at Las Vegas last year.
The band, playing their set at Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival set in Las Vegas on Sunday, attempted some ‘banter’ on stage by saying “at least they were country fans” in regards to the 59 music fans shot dead last year.
Now, Stone Brewing, the company that manufactures the band’s beer and sponsors their music festival, are 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.
“We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands,” the statement continued. “To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what’s right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer’s Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis ‘had.’ That sponsorship is now canceled.”
“Nevertheless, to try our best to make some good come out of these awful comments, we have decided that we will donate all profits of the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, which provides post Route 91 trauma counseling for officers and other first responders alongside other safety programs, training and funding. We have cancelled any future rebrews of this beer. We apologize to the fans of the beer itself, but know that we make this decision out of respect to all. Punk rock is cool. These callous comments were the furthest thing from it.”