By Matthew Strauss.
Since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, reports of “bias-based attacks” and hate crimes have surged. In the wake of his victory, Death Cab for Cutie have released a statement promising fans that their “shows will always be a safe place.” They encourage “people of all colors, all genders, all sexual orientations and all beliefs to come together to celebrate music, love and mutual respect” at their concerts. They close the note, “Be kind to one another, stand up for one another and take care of one another.”
Many artists have made concerted efforts at inclusivity since Trump’s election. The day after he won, Best Coast opened an email hotline for those feeling “scared, discouraged, unsafe;” Nico Segal ditched his Donnie Trumpet moniker, as he felt it rang too closely to “Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message;” and El-P has vowed to stop wearing “triggering” red hats. In her response, Yoko Ono could only scream.
Death Cab were the first band to release a song as part of Dave Eggers’ anti-Trump 30 Days, 50 Songs program. Their track, “Million Dollar Loan,” criticized “a particularly tone deaf moment in Donald Trump’s ascent to the Republican nomination.”
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