Jesse Hughes, the frontman for U.S. rock bandEagles of Death Metal, has issued a groveling apology for inflammatory criticism of teens who organized the March For Our Lives advocating stronger gun laws.
The staunchly pro-gun singer — whose band was caught up inthe deadly November 2015 terror attackby Islamic State militants on Paris’ Bataclan theater — was widely criticized last week after he accused student survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school mass shooting of “exploiting” their friends’ deaths.
“It might be funnyif it wasn’t so pathetic and disgusting,” Hughes wrote in a series of Instagram posts, since deleted.
Followinga major backlash on his band’s Facebook page, Hughes over the weekend appeared to have softened with this video apology:
A post shared by Jesse Hughes (@fatherbadass)on Mar 31, 2018 at 2:44pm PDT
“What I had intended to be a statementabout the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation’s youth came off seeming like a mean-spirited personal attack and slight of the youth themselves, and even a personal attack of its leadership,” Hughes said in the clip.
Hughes claimed he was “not attempting to impugn the youth of America and this beautiful thing they’ve accomplished.”
“I truly am sorry,” Hughes added. “I did not mean to hurt anyone or cause any harm. As someone who’s watched their friends shot in front of their eyes and seen people killed that they love I should have handled this a lot more maturely and responsibly and I did not do that and I messed up.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.