As you can tell from watching just about all of their videos, Every Time I Die have a great sense of humor. You’d also know that if you’re one of the 45,000-plus that follow the band’s guitarist Jordan Buckley on Twitter. Yesterday, in reaction to Apple’s open letter to the FBI stating that they wouldn’t hack the San Bernardino shooter’s cell phone because of the chilling precedent it set for privacy, Buckley decided to look at the lighter side of it:
If the FBI needs to get into someone’s iPhone without permission they should just call U2 and ask how they did it
— Jordan Buckley (@JordanETID) February 18, 2016
However, since he tweeted that, in reference to the band’s deal with iTunes that found their 2014 album Songs of Innocence automatically put on every iTunes user’s phones, the tweet has taken on a life of it’s own. Retweeted over 3,700 times and liked by over 4,500, the guitarist reacted on Instagram:
Some news publication retweeted me and I went viral for an hour today. It was scary because the last time I went viral I’d kicked a phone while a million people were stage diving and I woke up to death threats and the singer of Green Jello blogging about how he hated me. And some band said they were reuniting just to take stage selfies. Because of me. But they never did. Because no one cared about them.
Of course, he’s referring to the time back in 2014 when ETID was on tour with The Ghost Inside and he kicked a cell phone out of the hands of a stage diver that was trying to take a selfie. We’re not sure what news publication retweeted Buckley, but good to see his wit writ large.