Third Eye Blind Trolls GOP Concert At Republican National Convention: ‘Who Here Believes In Science?’ [VIDEO]

Rock band Third Eye Blind used the music stage as a political platform and trolled Republicans at their own convention during their GOP concert, the Hill reports. The Third Eye Blind concert was hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America and AT&T at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it’s safe to say the band will probably not be asked to perform at that venue — or during the Republican National Convention — ever again.

Between pointed remarks scolding Republicans for everything from science denial and their views on homosexuality, the band regaled the angry GOP concert-goers with obscure songs. Local news reports indicate that the band’s set was expected to include covers of pro-American anthems, but fans who were probably expecting to hear popular hits such as “Never Let Me Go” and “Semi-Charmed Life,” along with patriotic hits, were first disappointed — and then insulted.

The crowd went wild — and not in a good way, but it was apparent that the angry reaction from the crowd was exactly what band members wanted. As the GOP concert attendees began to boo, Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins replied, “You can boo all you want but I’m the motherf***ing artist up here.”

Another video shows an angry Jenkins extorting the Republican audience to stop imposing their own fears on other people, telling the GOP crowd about his own gay family members. When the band announced that they believed in both tolerance and acceptance, the crowd again booed.

Watch the interaction between Third Eye Blind and the concert audience below.

The band also reportedly asked the Conservative crowd, “Who here believes in science?” — a line that was also met overwhelmingly with angry boos.

One woman told the band on Twitter that she has “never been more disappointed.”

From their official Twitter account, Third Eye Blind responded with only one word.

Perhaps the crowd would have been more receptive to the message of tolerance, unity and science acceptance if Third Eye Blind had simply sang to the decidedly GOP crowd, “I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend!” instead of using their musical stage to openly troll the GOP.

The Republican Party recently published the official GOP platform, which has been called “extreme” by many who oppose it.

The L.A. Times reports on the platform’s stance on gay marriage.

“On Obergefell vs. Hodges, the case that legalized gay marriage, the platform states: ‘five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.’ Therefore, the platform does ‘not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states. We oppose government discrimination against businesses or entities which decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views about such activities.’ This is an argument to abolish gay marriage and nationalize Mississippi’s law allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT people.”

The GOP platform on climate change, which most Americans and 99 percent of all scientists believe is a real and credible threat, regardless of political affinity, has also been covered by the L.A. Times.

“On the environment, the platform states: ‘The central fact of any sensible environmental policy is that, year by year, the environment is improving. Our air and waterways are much healthier than they were a few decades ago. As a nation, we have drastically reduced pollution, mainstreamed recycling, educated the public, and avoided ecological degradation. Even if no additional controls are added, air pollution will continue to decline for the next several decades due to technological turnover of aging equipment. These successes become a challenge for Democratic Party environmental extremists, who must reach farther and demand more to sustain the illusion of an environmental crisis. That is why they routinely ignore costs, exaggerate benefits, and advocate the breaching of constitutional boundaries by federal agencies to impose environmental regulation.’ This is an argument against the existence of global warming and for rolling back environmental regulations.”

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