Hanson drummer Zac Hanson has apologised after his deleted Pinterest account, which was full of controversial and offensive pro-gun memes, was leaked on-line.
The trio, who obtained their breakthrough again in 1997 with their hit music ‘MMMBop’, are the topic of a brand new Vice investigation into the lingering discontent from their fanbase this yr over the group’s politics, resembling their obvious hesitancy to help the Black Lives Matter motion on social media.
A since-deleted Pinterest account belonging to Zac is one supply of the backlash which is roofed within the investigation, with the drummer’s account housing “a trove of pro-gun memes, a lot of which have been racist, transphobic, homophobic, and sexist,” as Vice notes.
One meme on the account advised help for George Zimmerman over the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, whereas one other in contrast the proper to make use of an AR-15 rifle with Rosa Parks’ proper to sit down on a bus.
Zac later confirmed that the Pinterest account, which was registered below the username “Commanding Officer”, belonged to him whereas replying to followers on Instagram.
“It’s a joke,” he wrote in defence of one meme which confirmed an image of a person being consoled by a girl with the caption: “I informed her weapons make me really feel uncomfortable. She stated we should always each see different males.”
“Perhaps it’s in unhealthy style, a variety of comedy is,” he added. “Sure she’s placing him down, trigger she’s hardcore. It’s the lady that ‘gun guys’ daydream about.”
In an emailed assertion to Vice concerning the Pinterest account, Zac wrote: “The leaked Pinterest web page supplied a distorted view of the problems surrounding race and social justice, which don’t replicate my private beliefs. I apologise for the damage my actions brought on.”
The Vice investigation additionally focuses on Hanson’s response to the anti-racism protests which took place across the world in Could and June following the killing of George Floyd, with the band coming below strain on the time to touch upon Floyd’s dying and present their help for BLM.
Hanson posted on June 5 that “this final week has rocked us to the core as we grapple with the tragic dying of George Floyd, and the violence sweeping our nation. We now have stood in disbelief on the sound of hateful slurs and the sight of painful battle, whereas discovering solace within the peaceable marches and the heartfelt expressions of empathy and compassion.”
That publish didn’t cease the criticism being levelled on the band, nevertheless, because it failed to say BLM. That vital response appeared to immediate the under subsequent publish (which had feedback turned off) on June 9 the place the band wrote: “There is no such thing as a query we imagine that Black lives matter.”
Vice interviewed a variety of Black Hanson followers regarding the band’s obvious reluctance to make use of the time period “Black lives matter”, with one fan saying: “They went from being the princes of pop to the kings of being tone deaf.”
One other fan commented: “For me, to say ‘Black lives matter’ ought to be as straightforward as saying the sky is blue as a result of it’s a reality. Interval. So, to have them duck and dive and do all the pieces that they may presumably do to not say Black lives matter was actually fascinating. It was simply bizarre.”
In a separate assertion issued to Vice addressing the fan criticism, Hanson stated: “We’re so grateful to our unbelievable and various group of followers for his or her continued help and highly effective reference to our music. We’re proud to have folks of so many alternative backgrounds as part of the group who contemplate themselves Hanson followers.”