Pittsburgh Singer Booted From Band For Comment About Bombing During Bruins Game
The lead singer of a Pittsburgh rock group may need to start pursuing a solo career after he was removed from the band following backlash on Twitter over statements he made about the Boston bombing during a hockey game between the Bruins and Penguins.
After Pittsburgh Penguins player Matt Cooke was removed from game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for an illegal hit against a Bruins player on Saturday night, Jordan Kuruc, lead vocalist for a self-described Pennsylvania-based melodic hardcore band called Forbearance, Tweeted that he hoped Boston would fall victim to another attack like that of the Marathon bombing.
@jordankuruc: NHL is f****** rigged! Matt Cooke made a clean hit. I hope your city gets bombed again Boston.
Not long after sending the message during the game, users on the social media site began lashing out at Kuruc for his commentary. The outrage escalated so quickly, that just after 10 p.m., members of his band turned to Facebook to apologize on behalf of their lead singer, and then went as far as to say he was no longer a part of the group:
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
It’s come to my attention that our singer has said something very inappropriate via social media that is incredibly out of line. (In fact, I just woke up to this backlash.) The statement he made is in NO way shape or form representative of ANY view this band has and even though I personally have nothing to do with what he said, I feel the need to apologize to anyone offended by his ignorant statement. Because of this, Jordan is now removed from this band. Thank you to the people that have brought this to our attention, and again, our apologies that you had to be exposed to such ignorance.
After Kuruc allegedly found out that the group was being targeted based on the Tweet he sent out—and quickly deleted thereafter—he apologized via Twitter, as the insults and reactions to his prior statement continued to escalate on a national level. By late Saturday night, the singer was trending on Twitter.
But Kuruc’s apologetic words (and the angry Tweets from both Boston residents and Bruins fans), didn’t end there. As the social media backlash became more berating, and people began using derogatory and homophobic slurs to express their discontent—one person went as far as saying they hoped he was killed in a fire— Kuruc seemingly started to absorb the attention, and was firing back. He was even challenging people who threatened him physically by providing his address and location where they could come and confront him face-to-face.
As for getting back in the band, no word yet if the group will allow the singer to take center stage once the Interent forgets about Kuruc when game two of the Eastern Conference Finals hits the ice on Monday. But judging by the continued insults being sent to Kuruc on Sunday morning, that may not be the case.