Since the brutal terror attack on the Bataclan concert hall last year, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal can’t seem to stop spreading conspiracy theories. One Bataclan survivor has had enough and has published an open letter to Hughes on Facebook.
Hughes had claimed in the past that the ISIL attack on the Paris theater, where his band were performing when militants burst in, killing 90 people, was part of a Muslim conspiracy and that security staff members were involved.
The Inquisitr reported back in March this year that the Eagles of Death Metal singer had apologized for his controversial statements, calling his comments about the security staff at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris “unfounded” and “baseless.”
However, it now seems Hughes can’t stop, as he has repeatedly accused theater staff of being involved in the attack. In an interview with Taki magazine earlier in May, Hughes claimed Bataclan staff members had stared at him with “Arab envy,” and that “terrorists were already inside” the concert hall when the shooting started.
Hughes claimed, “I just chalked it up to Arab envy. You know what I mean? When a Muslim sees a cocky American dude with tattoos, he stares at him,” he said, adding that “there’s no denying the terrorists were already inside”.
“I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack. I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination.”
Following the continued allegations by Hughes, two French music festivals have cancelled appearances by Eagles of Death Metal.
French festivals drop Eagles Of Death Metal due to Jesse Hughes’ terrorism comments https://t.co/psPofb6cY0 pic.twitter.com/e3AtLA5PoT
— NME (@NME) May 20, 2016
On top of this, Hughes’ continuing references to theater staff being involved in the attack has led to a Bataclan survivor, a French Arab by the name of Ismael El Iraki, posting an open letter to the Eagles of Death Metal singer asking him to stop and saying Hughes had become a “spreader of fear.”
The full open letter can be read in his Facebook post here:
El Iraki was one of the 1,500 fans at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan on November 13. In his statement he wrote, “I love your music, your concerts mostly (such fun, wild shows) and man, I never thought that you would become one of those spreaders of fear.”
El Iraki went on to say that Hughes has proved his stupidity to be “f*****g dangerous” and that his comments have reopened a nasty wound.
Saying that Hughes had said the security staff at the concert hall were in on the attack and were “warning every Arab they saw,” El Iraki wrote, adding, “I happen to be an Arab and to look very much like one. I got a big black curly beard and the skin tone to match it.”
A fellow Bataclan survivor’s open letter to Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes https://t.co/1QbXRguuMB
— The Independent (@Independent) May 26, 2016
He went on to said that he lives and breathes rock ‘n roll and that he couldn’t look more Muslim if he tried, “But apparently, the big bad Muslim conspiracy missed me.”
“Damn, they forgot to warn me. They also forgot to warn Djamila, and all the other Arabs who got shot and killed that very night. They forgot to warn my fellow Moroccan Amin, who was shot that very night.”
El Iraki went on to pay homage to a Muslim security guard working at Bataclan by the name of Didi, who saved dozens of lives during the terror attack.
“His name is Didi and he opened the left front door most of us got out of.”
He wrote, “You know what he did, this Arab guy, this Muslim? He opened the left front door, let a s**tload of people out, and then, while he was safe and sound in the street outside, HE WENT BACK IN.”
“He turned back, and headed back in to save more people. He opened the upstairs exit and let a number of people out through there. That guy, as I said, was nothing like you. Or me.”
He went on to stress that Didi the security guard was a hero, “an unarmed red-blooded, real-life f*****g hero that you just insulted with your racist, hateful comments. You, who are not a hero. “
El Eraki wrote that Hughes is just a regular guy, like he is, who happened to get caught up in an awful situation and did what he could to escape and try to help other people around him, adding, “So no, your comments are not OK. How is insulting heroes OK?”
El Eraki went on to state that “Rock ‘n’ roll is love, man. LOVE. Look at yourself: you have become a spreader of hate, brother […] Try to spread the love.”
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