• Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, who was booed by Republicans for mentioning LGBT+ rights at a concert on Tuesday night. (Josh Brasted, Getty Images, WireImage)Source: Josh Brasted, Getty Images, WireImage
TFW you just wanna hear "Semi-Charmed Life" but get asked if you believe in science, instead.
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

21 Jul 2016 - 3:14 PM  UPDATED 21 Jul 2016 - 2:45 PM

Despite being a band we never expected to be writing about on SBS Sexuality in 2016, Third Eye Blind is making headlines this morning after angering Republicans with a speech for LGBT+ equality at a concert in Cleveland last night.

Yes, that's right. The '90s alt band known best for its crystal meth bop "Semi-Charmed Life" are still touring (a revelation in and of itself, to be honest), and still capable of making headlines. Slay!

Here's how it went down.

On Tuesday night, the band were playing a charity gig at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and because the Republican National Convention was being held a few blocks away, they found themselves playing to a sea of Republicans.

First, in a deliciously savage choice, the band refused to play any of their hits, and the crowd was displeased.

After playing a full set of new music, they closed out the night with an old hit called "Jumper" - a song about a gay man who jumps off a bridge.

Introducing the song, frontman Stephan Jenkins told the audience that “to love this song is to take into your heart the message," adding that people should "not live [their] life in fear and imposing that fear on other people".

Saying that he rejects everything the Republican party stands for, he added that he wishes the party would accept people "like [his] cousins, who are gay, into the American fabric".

As the crowd booed, Jenkins remained unbothered, exclaiming: “You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf**in’ artist up here!”

After playing the track, Jenkins closed out the night by provoking the audience one last time, saying: "Raise your hand if you believe in science", prompting more boos from the crowd.

And the trolling didn't stop once the band left the stage. On Twitter, angry Republicans flooded the band's mentions to express their disappointment, but the artists remained unbothered.

They also doubled down on their anti-Republican sentiments in a statement posted to the band's Facebook page:

Third Eye Blind aren't listening when the Republicans say gooooodbyeeeeeeeeeee. Anyway, here's the TBT you've probably had stuck in your head for the duration of this post:

And finally, here's a cover the band did of Beyoncé's "Mine", featuring a lesbian romance: