The Amity Affliction vocalist to Trump supporter fan – “To put it simply, you are not welcome”

Posted by on January 7, 2019

Depending on how you look at it, it seems The Amity Affliction’s current tour with Senses Fail have some sort of bad omen since the group Bad Omens dropped off from the trek due to an alleged “font size.” While Bad Omens have resolved the issue by launching a tiny logo t-shirt, it seems another conflict has occurred. The tour kicked off this past Friday (4th) and at their second show of the trek on Saturday (5th) in Las Vegas, The Amity Affliction vocalist Joel Birch called out a fan who was wearing a Trump jersey. While footage of this incident doesn’t appear to exist (yet), the singer has re-addressed the issue via Twitter, explaining:

“What I said tonight was much more balanced than I could have been, and wanted to be. Just like I wouldn’t wear an atheist tee to church, I expect people to exercise a certain decorum when attending our shows. Music has forever been a safe haven for me, and I want our shows to be
A safe haven for others. These shows are no different to church; we sing together, we pour our hearts out, we use it as an escape from the reality of our everyday lives, and it brings us together. Wearing a jersey that you KNOW will be divisive is exactly the opposite of what I stand for as a person. I do not respect your “beliefs.” I do not feel like you have the right to make others uncomfortable by wearing a jersey that may as well be branded with a swastika. I will not remain silent if you come to our shows dressed like that. You can believe whatever you want to believe while you are outside the venue, but don’t you DARE bring your negative energy inside to intimidate and cause discomfort to others. I wish you didn’t like our band. I wish you hadn’t come to the show. I wish you could see the hurt you inflict on those around you from ethnic backgrounds, people of colour, Latinos, Hispanics, cholos, and open minded people who do not espouse your racist garbage. I love Amity fans, they give us this unique and beautiful opportunity to play music, but I WILL NOT stand for people jeopardizing the happiness of others, and ruining their experience at one of our shows. To put it simply, you are not welcome.”

Who knows if Birch will call anyone else out as there’s just over one month left of the run.

Check out the remaining tour dates below:

01/08 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!

01/09 Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston

01/11 New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater

01/12 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando

01/13 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

01/15 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

01/16 Charlotte NC @ The Underground

01/18 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!

01/19 Worcester MA @ The Palladium

01/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall

01/22 New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater

01/24 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

01/25 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre

01/26 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

01/27 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland

01/29 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall

01/30 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

02/01 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

02/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex (Grand Room)

02/04 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

02/05 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

02/07 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

02/08 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

02/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent

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