Members of the metalcore group Hatebreed swear that contrary to what their name may suggest, they, in fact, do not breed hate. The group, whose frontman Jamey Jasta has a shaved head (not a skinhead), was forced to defend itself after CNN attempted to do a roundup of white-power hardcore bands with names like “Jew Slaughter” and “Angry Aryans” after discovering that the alleged shooter at Sunday’s Wisconsin Sikh temple massacre fronted a hardcore band. The fact that the author of the article, Lonnie Nasatir, is actually the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Upper Midwest Region, will surely raise more than just Jasta’s eyebrows.
The band, who actually appropriated the Misfits title “Hatebreeders” for its name, may have once released an album called Supremacy, as Billboard points out, but as posts from the group’s official Twitter state, this does not make them hatemongers. “Our music brings people of all races together all over the world. CNN need to get their facts straight,” reads one post. “Writers like Lonnie Nasatir are the reason why the American media is looked at as a complete joke,” says another. And naturally, the band made a fair and accurate request for fairness and accuracy in reporting: “CNN loses all respect … now they slander us. We demand a retraction and an apology. #hacks.” The group then urged its 60,000 followers to “stay relentless” in assailing the Cable News Network.
They got what they asked for pretty quickly, too. In 30 minutes, the website printed a retraction. Hatebreed even got a “CNN regrets the error” (though we’ve heard that one before). Hatebreed ultimately tweeted, “Our fans made a difference today,” and then in an act of non-supremacist brotherhood, “Thank you all for having our back!”