Republicans Blast Pearl Jam Poster of Burning White House

Lawrence Kim
August 16, 2018

The National Republican Senate Committee compared the artwork to an infamous photo of American comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake decapitated head of the U.S. president, which cost her a contract with CNN and led to several of her shows being cancelled.

While the artwork was created by artist "Bobby Draws Skullz", it appears that the artistic direction was provided by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, who is a known supporter of Senator Jon Tester.

Pearl Jam have a fervent fanbase, the kind that arrives early and lines up at the merch stands hours before the show is set to begin. Why?

The poster shows Tester in a tractor flying over a burning Washington, D.C., framed by the letters "P" and "J", with smoke forming the word "Vote" in the background.

The poster's message is incredibly clear, with flames spelling out the word "vote", while also including images of other United States senators, including Jon Tester and Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.

Ament endorsed Tester in a message accompanying the poster's release on Tuesday, calling the senator "the real deal. Maryland Matt. Stars and Stripes as flames". "It's time for Jon Tester to denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism".

The National Republican Senate Committee, which is supporting Rosendale's campaign, also blamed Tester for not speaking out against the poster it called "gory".

As expected, a number of fans have taken to social media to berate the band for their "insensitive" artwork, with the group's Instagram page now overrun with comments.

Representatives for Tester did not immediately responded to Fox News' request for comment.

It depicts a White House in flames, with Trump's skeleton face down on the ground reaching for a briefcase with a hammer and sickle on it. He said he believed that the political climate had become too divisive.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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