The privileged neo-leftist class of Hollywood has taken a few hits in the years following Obama's 2008 election. Their touting of Obama as the embodiment of all that is liberal has left many of these characters staring sheepishly at their metaphorical sneakers during the past five plus years, lest they find themselves having to acknowledge the fact that Obama has strengthened and expanded all of the Bush administration's major agendas, and is essentially no different from the former president in any way except physical appearance and oratory skills. Not to be outdone by other millionaire fair-weather liberals, Eddie Vedder, frontman of the band Pearl Jam promoted violence toward people who support gun ownership rights during an interview with professional surfer Mark Richards. Eddie Vedder, who made his millions in the early nineties after being marketed as a less controversial version of Kurt Cobain, had the following to say:
I get so angry that I almost wish bad things upon these people. But I don’t have to because it seems like they happen anyways. It seems like every week I’m reading about a 4-year-old either shooting their sister, their dad, their dog, or their brother or themselves, because there’s [expletive] guns laying around. But I guess it’s fun.
The irony of portraying gun ownership as irrational, and then immediately providing that rationale by threatening violence, didn't appear to register with the rarely questioned pontificator of morality that is Eddie Vedder. The statement ends on a rather unsettling note, implying that Vedder would be willing to consider violence if children weren't shooting each other by accident with guns from time to time, a fact that Vedder seems to be taking pleasure in, as a form of poetic justice against the gun owning parents he despises. Since these children are shot, however, Vedder feels he can relax his rage and be gracious enough not to call for violence.
Vedder's supposed moral stances seem to range from sporadic and inconsistent, to utterly false. For example, Vedder didn't object to becoming a millionaire by accepting money from Sony records based on sales of compact discs which were made by slave and child labor. In fact, Pearl Jam is known for releasing an excessive and redundant amount of live albums in the '90s. The slave labor facilities in which many of these compact discs are produced are often secured by armed gunmen, who use their guns to make sure things like Pearl Jam albums are produced.
There likely isn't anything much to fear from Eddie Vedder's promotion of violence against 2nd amendment supporters, considering his previous record of making claims that sound as empty as most of his band's music. In 2000, for example, he promised on no uncertain terms to leave the country if George W. Bush won the election. Clearly Vedder has not made good on this threat.