Pearl Jam are on the receiving end of a hefty dose of criticism right now, with some fans opposed to their divisive new tour poster which depicts the death of Donald Trump.
In their 28-year existence, Seattle grunge legends Pearl Jam have never been ones to shy away from speaking their mind when it comes to politics. However, it seems that Donald Trump’s current presidency has seen the group kick their political discourse into overdrive.
Earlier this year, the group released their first new song in five years. Titled ‘Can’t Deny Me’, the track is a rather overt political track that takes aim at Donald Trump with lyrics like “You may be rich but you can’t deny me/got nothing but the will to survive,” and “The country you are representing/condition critical.”
In the last couple of months though, the group upped the ante, dedicating a performance of their song ‘Love Boat Captain’ to the US President’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, while Eddie Vedder’s wife also took aim at Melania Trump’s insensitive fashion choices.
However, the group’s latest tour poster has now managed to anger a significant portion of the US President’s supporters.
Taking to Instagram overnight, Pearl Jam shared an image of their recent tour poster which depicts the White House in flames, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial cracked and broken, and the skeletal body of Donald Trump, which is being picked over by a bald eagle.
The poster’s message is incredibly clear, with flames spelling out the word ‘vote’, while also including images of other US senators, including Jon Tester and Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.
Speaking to News Talk KGVO, a spokesperson for Rosendale criticised the artwork, explaining, “The depiction of the skeletal remains of President Trump and a burning White House is reprehensible and shows just how completely unhinged and radicalized the far-left has become.”
While the artwork was created by artist ‘Bobby Draws Skullz’, it appears that the artistic direction was provided by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, who is a known supporter of Senator Jon Tester.
As expected, a number of fans have taken to social media to berate the band for their ‘insensitive’ artwork, with the group’s Instagram page currently overrun with comments.
While it doesn’t seem as though Pearl Jam are too fussed by the criticism coming their way, it remains to be seen what Donald Trump will have to say about the scene depicted in the above poster.