Drowning Pool React To Their Song "Bodies" Being Linked To The Arizona Shooting Tragedy

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The mainstream media has a long history of placing the blame on music when it comes to finding motives behind maniacal acts of violence. So why should this past weekend's massacre in Tuscon, Arizona, be any different?

It isn't, turns out: On Monday, the Washington Post ran a piece raising questions about the lone YouTube video favorited on shooting suspect Jared Loughner's channel -- a video of a flag-burning, set to the 2001 hit single, "Bodies" from Dallas' own Drowning Pool -- despite admitting that "investigators haven't suggested a link between Loughner's violent outburst and 'Bodies.'"

Ugh. Seems it was only a matter of time, really. The piece goes on to be your pretty standard, run-of-the-mill piece with quotes from professors talking about the dangers of placing too much blame on artists for their fans' interpretations of their songs, blah, blah, blah.

Gotta figure it's all pretty infuriating from Drowning Pool's standpoint -- their song was already linked to Guantanamo Bay interrogations and all that jazz in the past.

To Drowning Pool's credit, they seem to be handling the situation pretty well. After the jump, check out the band's statement in response to the tragedy and their purported ties to it.

This statement was posted to Drowning Pool's website earlier this week:

"We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted, again.

'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit. If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence. It's about a certain amount of respect and a code.

We've performed for the troops overseas several times in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Through our song 'Soldiers,' we were able to create a petition that helped pass the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform Bill, which we presented to then-Senator Barack Obama.

We've been lucky enough to have some of the biggest success of our career with our new album and we want to continue to spread positivity for the future, not dwell on negativity. For someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a mosh pit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe.

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy."


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Rtkmm
Rtkmm

Drowning Pool rocks! The maniac that caused this devastation, obviously didn't do any research on the band; the band stands up against violence, stands for our military, helped to get a mental health reform bill passed; which they were honored to present to sen. Obama...

I liked them before, and love them even more now! They're handling this disgusting situation very well, and I wish them luck in the future.

(gullible people suck, ignorance is bliss, and fear breeds hatred)

Remi Online
Remi Online

i don't know exactly who drowning pool are..but i do know that the song is not responsable for this and that eminem talks in one of his songs about things like this, the song is called sing for the moment.

Snidely
Snidely

I am tired of hearing how "devastated" everybody is who had nothing to do with it. It was a senseless shooting that fired off a political snide show. But unless you are directly involved with the families from personal experience, I think use of the word "devastated" is simply a bit overstated. Nobody is to blame except for Loughner and the system that failed to help him with his mental illness. Do we need commentary from any and everybody? Social networking has turned everybody into a gossiper.

me
me

Umm, you're commenting, so does that make you a "gossiper"? If you comment to complain about people who comment; GET A LIFE!

Ben Dover
Ben Dover

fuck you snidely you emotionless piece of shit

Brianelmore
Brianelmore

Well said Drowning Pool. This is such bullshit. Funny how rather than pointing the finger at the security at the event, they turn to a psychotic person's youtube favorites... Sickening.

RoadsideCouch
RoadsideCouch

Well what is good for the goose is good for the gander right? At least there is a minimal connection between the song and the kook. Can't say that for certain female ex governors of Alaska that are slandered by the lame stream media.

stinkbait
stinkbait

She is the one making videos and drawing attention to herself.

robin
robin

"Why are the media reporting on this? They shouldn't be." Then you report on it.

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