Stick To Your Guns released a statement calling out online trolls that are attacking fans specifically on the Stick To Your Guns Facebook page. You can read the full statement below. Buy concert tickets here. Purchase a CD here.
This seems to be a problem unique to Facebook that we can no longer ignore. We have thick skins. You don’t like a song? OK. You don’t like a photo? OK. But attacking fans on our page is unacceptable. Let’s be clear: Your speech is not protected here when it is used to harm others. This is not a safe place to bully kids.
If you attack our fans, your comment will be deleted. It is not entertaining. It is not intellectual or funny, and in the end, you’re only embarrassing yourselves.
That being said, we do not expect everyone to agree. We don’t even ask for positivity. Sometimes you can’t be positive. We encourage a healthy debate, but attacks on others regarding weight, clothes, tattoos or looks are low and boring and will be deleted. We realize you are weak, afraid, small-minded and bored, but you have the potential to do some serious damage to your fellow human beings, and we’re not ok with that. We’d like to remind you that you are young now, but when you grow up and wish you could take it all back, there will be a permanent record of it – as the internet is more permanent than you think.
With the digital age, there is more engagement than ever, but with that comes responsibility. It is that much easier to reach out into someone’s home and hurt them, and we simply will not be the conduit to which you conduct you hatred.
Thank you to all the STYG fans who see the absurdity in the comments – you far out number the few. While we will delete these comments, we hope that this reminds you that you can’t turn a blind eye to ignorance but that there is an intelligent way to handle it. We’re all in this together.
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