CNN Label Hatebreed A “White Power Band”, Hatebreed Quite Rightly Kick Off
US news superpower CNN have come under fire for insinuating that Connecticut metal/hardcore crossover heavyweights Hatebreed are a white power band in a report on the recent Sikh temple shootings.
In a CNN.com story posted yesterday (August 8 ) about the shootings in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which left seven dead at the hands of 41-year-old Wade Page, Page was described as “a white supremacist skinhead” who played in a number of white power bands including End Apathy and Definite Hate, bands that, in CNN’s words, “defiantly express feelings of hate or violence.”
However, the site then went on to list a number of bands that fall under the white power banner, including Aggravated Assault, Attack, Definite Hate, Final Solution, Fueled by Hate, Jew Slaughter, White Terror and, bizarrely, Hatebreed.
Unsurprisingly, Jamey Jasta and the guys, who play Bloodstock this weekend, were not impressed, and released the following statement:
“Our music brings people of all races together all over the world. CNN need to get their facts straight,” the band tweeted. “Writers like Lonnie Nasatir are the reason why the American media is looked at as a complete joke.CNN loses all respect … now they slander us. We demand a retraction & an apology. #hacks. The band encouraged followers to “stay relentless … until they remove our name from their article & print a retraction/apology.”
CNN have since removed Hatebreed from the list of bands, but seriously, anyone else thinking that is pretty piss-poor? A bit of research wouldn’t go amiss next time, people.