Stone Brewing had been a long-time sponsor of punk rockers NOFX but has now cut ties with the band when a video surfaced of them joking about the mass-shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas.
The video shows the band onstage with NOFX frontman, Fat Mike, jokingly say “We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot.”
Another band member followed up with “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a county band.”
And then a third member added, “That [shooting] sucked, but at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”
The viral video sparked outrage and prompted Stone Brewing to take action. The brewery had produced a beer for the band and sponsored their music festival, Punk in Drublic. But now they’re canceling all ties with the band and released a statement regarding their decision.
“We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer,” the statement read.
“We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands,” the statement continued. “To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what’s right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer’s Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis ‘had.’ That sponsorship is now canceled.”
But the brewery went on to say they will try to do some good by donating any profits from the sale of the beer.
“Nevertheless, to try our best to make some good come out of these awful comments, we have decided that we will donate all profits of the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, which provides post Route 91 trauma counseling for officers and other first responders alongside other safety programs, training and funding. We have canceled any future rebrews of this beer. We apologize to the fans of the beer itself but know that we make this decision out of respect to all. Punk rock is cool. These callous comments were the furthest thing from it.”
The mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas was the deadliest amongst numerous such incidents in recent years. 58 people died and another 489 were injured.