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Bataclan band leader denied entry to mass shooting commemoration

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes was denied entry to the venue where a deadly mass shooting killed 89 of his fans. On November 13, 2015, terrorists targeted the concert hall spraying the audience with bullets, killing 90 people.

Published: November 13, 2016, 8:43 am

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    Hughes had suggested that the security detail at the Bataclan was in on the Paris terrorist attacks.

    On Saturday night, Sting performed at the venue, which had opened its doors for the first time since last year’s deadly attacks. But the one person who wasn’t in attendance, was Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes.

    Hughes and another member were denied entrance into the show “for his claim Muslim staff were involved in [the] attack” AFP reported. This isn’t the first time the band has been turned away by French promoters.

    Jesse Hughes has been ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church. He’s pro-gun, pro-Trump, and pro-life. He also maintains that political correctness is literally killing people.

    In a television interview earlier this year, Hughes implied that security staff at the venue were involved in the attack. The band has since been booted from several French festival bills.

    “They [Jesse Hughes and co-member] came, I threw them out—there are things you can’t forgive,” Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos said. “He [Hughes] makes these incredibly false declarations every two months. It is madness, accusing our security of being complicit with the terrorists… Enough. Zero. This has to stop.”

    According to the website of Le Bataclan, the venue was run until its sale in 11 September by Jules Frutos and Olivier Poubelle for Joel Laloux, whose father, Elie Touitou, bought the venue in 1976. Laloux told Israel’s Channel 2 that he sold the Le Bataclan because he recently immigrated to Israel.

    In May, both the Rock en Seine and Cabaret Vert festivals cancelled their appearances following Hughes’s comments to webzine Taki’s Magazine. “I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack,” Hughes explained. “I saw it with my own eyes. In real time! How did they know what was going on? There must have been coordination.”

    Hughes is unhappy with the way the media has reported on the story. Details from his interviews are randomly selected he says and angles are edited in later that are diametrically opposed to his beliefs.

    “I saw fear fall like a blanket on the whole crowd and they fell like wheat in the wind—the way you would before a god. I was totally alert from the very beginning. The first thing I needed to do was find my girl. Fear took a backseat and “where’s my girl?” took over. I could smell gunpowder in the backstage area and I knew someone fired a round back there. I saw a guy with an FAL [NATO issue light automatic rifle, ironically called “The right arm of the Free World”] and when he turned to face me his eyes looked like marbles. He was stoned out of his mind, and we now know they were on Xanax and cocaine. I recognized him. I’d seen him earlier in the day and noticed him staring at us.”

    Hughes chalked it up to Arab envy, but says there were other disturbing details. “During the shooting I went outside and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?”

    Hughes described how the terrorist mastermind, Salah Abdeslam, had tried to stare them down. Ahmad Almohammad, 25, is believed to have joined the Bataclan terror squad after sneaking into Europe, posing as a migrant. Despite a massive police and army operation Abdesalam escaped the police until 18 March 2016.

    “The terrorists would go up to bodies and stick them with the gun. If they budged, they’d shoot them again. One girl got up and said she was scared. The guy said, “Don’t be scared, you’ll be dead in two minutes,” and then he shot her, BOOM.”

    He also questioned why the police were so late in entering the venue and why the media ignored the reaction of Muslims after the event. “A day after, at the stadium, Muslims booed the moment of silence and we barely heard about it in the press.”

    “[The bad guys in movies] are conservative Christian rednecks. They’re apparently what’s wrong with everything in the world now, including global warming. What about the other ice age we went through? There were no Christian Republicans back then. What caused that meltdown?”

    Hughes says when the bullets started flying, he knew right away that the terrorists had a massacre planned.

    “Also, the reason I’ve done well with this healing process is everything I was raised to believe was affirmed that night. In a way, that’s a blessing of God. When the first bullets started being fired, people looked at me. I remember that. It pissed me off because I knew right then and there it was going to be bad. I knew these kids had no idea what was coming. None. They’d never heard a gunshot in real life and it hit them so hard.”

    He blamed the liberal mentality in general for the audience members surrendering to the onslaught. “I will lay the blame right in its lap. When you tell people they can’t help themselves and that they’re children, you weaken them to a point where three feet away is life and they can’t see it because they’re too scared.”

    Hughes suggested that people were mentally totally unarmed: “It’s like the bleating sheep from Animal Farm. You suggest anything that strays from the narrative and this chorus of bleats comes to drown you out. This attack didn’t happen by accident.”

    After the attack, French police shut down some 450 mosques because they found ISIS recruitment material in every single one of them.

    The audience for metal is almost 100 percent white and male. The band had started performing the song “Kiss the Devil” when the attack started. Hughes says the most important detail being left out of all the media accounts is that when the terrorists started shooting, they were already inside. “They knew security dudes. They knew bouncers. They knew doormen.”

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