Third Eye Blind Trolls Republican Convention With LGBT Rights Message

"Raise your hand if you believe in science!"

When Third Eye Blind was invited to perform at the 2012 Republican National Convention, lead singer Stephan Jenkins penned an op-ed about how the group refused to sing for a party dedicated to “exclusion.”

Many were surprised, then, to find that the group had accepted an invitation to perform at an un-officially sponsored RNC charity event in Cleveland this week. That was until it became clear that the band was using the opportunity to blast the Republican party.

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 12:  Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind performs during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12, 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee.  (Photo by Josh Brasted/WireImage)
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According to reports from Billboard, the group staged the concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to “repudiate” all the things the GOP stands for.

In addition to not playing any of their requested hits, the band talked about the need for “tolerance and acceptance,” and taunted the mostly-Republican crowd with questions like, “Raise your hand if you believe in science!”

When they did play one of their old songs, “Jumper,” which is about a gay man jumping off a bridge, Jenkins talked about the importance of bringing people like “my cousins, who are gay, into the American fabric.”

Though the audience jeered throughout the two-hour set, Jenkins exclaimed: “You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf—in’ artist up here.”

After the concert, conservatives railed against the band for taking up space at a charity event to promote their personal politics.

Liberals, however, praised Jenkins for using the event to troll the GOP.

For their part, Third Eye Blind seems perfectly content with their evening.

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