It’s a little bit shocking to me that out of all of the guys I crushed on when I was a kid, Eddie Vedder would remain evergreen in so many ways. One, he was hot in the ‘90s and he’s still crazy-hot now. Two, he’s never really done anything deplorable at all. Three, he’s an advocate for reproductive rights. Four, he’s woke as f–k. He’s literally the coolest dad-rocker out there. Over the weekend, Eddie played a solo set at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Tennessee. He spoke to the audience – and keep in mind, Tennessee voted for Trump – about North Korea and politics:
He told the audience he’d read that a nuclear missile fired from North Korea could reach his home in Seattle in 30 minutes, and he’d thought of his wife and his two daughters.
“What would you do? You’d scream at the sky and go, ‘What the f___? How could this f___ing happen?’ But at that point, that’s not gonna do any good whatsoever. And if I’m not gonna be on a stage for a while, I’m gonna say it tonight, here in Nashville. What the f___? Are you kidding us? Can you please stop? Just stop.”
“We all maybe need to raise our voices …” he continued. “We need to request and desire diplomacy. It’s something called diplomacy. It’s something called, you know, ‘outsmart your opponent.’ It’s called, ‘get them to do the thing that you want them to do, and have them think it was their idea.’ It’s called, ‘Quit f___ing with the lives of millions and millions of people.’”
The packed field on Harlinsdale Farm roared in approval.
“All right,” Vedder added. “Now that I think that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I think it’s gonna be a great night.”
He’s not wrong! And that’s not all. He also took a knee, because he is lovely and woke and I can’t believe I’ve been in love with Eddie Vedder continuously for like 23 years.
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) September 25, 2017
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