NOFX Loses Beer Sponsor, Spot at Camp Punk in Drublic Festival After Route 91 Comments
Punk rock band NOFX was dropped from the Camp Punk in Drublic Festival on Thursday after the band made an offensive joke about the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that left 58 country fans dead.
According to a news release from festival publicist Kristine Ashton-Magnuson:
While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk In Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band’s recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans. These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors.
Stone Brewing Co., which produces the festival and also makes NOFX's "Punk in Drublic Beer" has also severed ties with the band.
Stone Brewing Co. released the following:
We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend,” the statement read. “As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer.
During NOFX's set at Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Vegas, lead singer Fat Mike told the crowd “We played a song about Muslims and didn’t get shot,” to which guitarist Eric Melvin responded, “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band... Fat Mike later replied, "I mean that sucked, but at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans."
Legendary punk band Descendents will take over headlining duties for Camp Punk in Drublic, while The Vandals will take over for Me First, and the Gimmie Gimmies, a side-project that Fat Mike was also involved in.