Punk band NOFX lived up to their name during their Vegas show on Sunday where the band made a terrible “joke” about the Las Vegas shooting. If you recall, 58 people were killed and 500 were injured during Jason Aldean’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Fest last year. It went down as the deadliest U.S. shooting.
NOFX had been playing Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival and after one of their songs frontman Fat Mike said, "We played a song about Muslims and we didn't get shot. Hooray.” Another band member then chimed in saying, "I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band."
Oh, but they weren’t done - one member then said, "That [massacre] sucked, but at least they were country fans and no punk rock fans." Some people in the audience were audibly very disgusted by the joke, yet Fat Mike shot back, “You were all thinking it.”
- Maybe so...but their tour sponsor wasn't and has dropped them like a bad habit. “We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend," a statement reads. "As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer. We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands. 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.”
- The company will now donate all profits of the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, which provides trauma counseling for officers and other first responders alongside other safety programs, training and funding. All future rebrews are now cancelled as well.