Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins Responds to RNC Trolling: 'They Are a Party Dedicated to Exclusion'
The band was in town in Cleveland playing a show, coincidentally at the exact same time that thousands flocked to the city for the convention.
“I just went – let me make this clear,” Stephan told Rolling Stone, “We are in direct opposition to everything the Republican Party stands for.”
At the show, Third Eye Blind played “Jumper,” which is about the suicide of Stephan’s homosexual cousin.
“To engage with that song means that you are participating in the belief system that all people are equal and deserving of dignity and protection, which is not what the Republican platform is,” Stephan continued. “They think my gay cousin should be in conversion therapy.”
“The Republican party is on the wrong side of Lilly Ledbetter, fiscal responsibility, unions, civil rights, climate change, evolution, the Big Bang theory, stem cells, Medicare, and me,” Stephan added. “They are in fact a party dedicated to exclusion…The fact that I’m onstage 19 years after I wrote ["Jumper"] and we’re still talking about equal dignity for the LGBTQ community is absurd…And to yell ‘Who believes in science?’ and have half the room boo is [laughs] … their ideology is crumbling.”