The Brian Jonestown Massacre slammed for insensitive onstage rape joke

Written by Tyler Jenke on 10th June, 2018
The Brian Jonestown Massacre slammed for insensitive onstage rape joke

San Francisco psych-rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre are currently in the middle of a huge Australian tour, but their recent Sydney performance left a bad taste in the mouths of punters after the group’s frontman dropped a rather insensitive rape joke in the middle of their last night.

As Junkee reports, The Brian Jonestown Massacre descended upon Sydney’s Metro Theatre last night to deliver a normally beloved set of psych-rock. However, many fans weren’t too fond of the band’s onstage comments.

While speaking to the crowd between songs, frontman Anton Newcombe began touching on a wide range of topics, including Sydney’s lockout laws, and deriding bands such as A Place To Bury Strangers and The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (who originally went by the name of The Elements) before complaining about the amount of fans screaming during his dialogue.

“All the people that are screaming, that’s how I missed everything in life, is because I screamed right throughout -,” began Newcombe before trailing off.

“Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is also called The Elements and that’s a stupid fucking name,” he continued. “In fact there’s another band called The Elements with a flyer outside the show. Whatever, you’re a dickhead. Your mom probably screamed like that when she was being raped and that’s how you were born.”


As can be seen in the above video, while some fans applauded the ‘edgy’ humour on display, many others booed loudly in disapproval of the tasteless joke.

A handful of fans also took to Twitter to express their discomfort in regards to Newcombe’s comments, noting that this will be the last time they pay money to see the rocker perform.




Only recently, The Brian Jonestown Massacre announced that the group are set to to perform a special show in Australia in 2019 with longtime rivals The Dandy Warhols.

While no information has been confirmed in regards to this show, it appears there could be a chance that the gig will now attract a few less fans following the onstage behaviour of Anton Newcombe last night.

If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service – can be reached on 1800 737 732. For help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

The article was originally published on Tone Deaf

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