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Converge, Trivium, Knocked Loose, and more join fight w/ LeVar Burton against banned books

Levar Burton

Official press release: 

As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, MoveOn Political Action and LeVar Burton announced today that nearly 175 authors, actors, musicians, directors, songwriters and other notable influencers–including Converge, Trivium, Knocked Loose, Cave In, Greyhaven, Dying Wish, The Callous Daoboys, Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path, Joel Birch and many more–signed a statement denouncing the rising wave of GOP book bans across the country. As the start of the school year begins and through National Banned Books Month in October, Burton and MoveOn are collaborating on a campaign with creative leaders to bring heightened awareness to the dangerous form of censorship and exclusion. Republicans banned a record number of books in the last school year, despite backlash and public opinion research showing that the majority of Americans are opposed to book bans. Members of the public are encouraged to add their names and contribute to the effort.

See the full letter and list of signatories at www.ArtistsAgainstBookBans.com.

Said Emma Boster of Dying Wish:

Rock, metal and punk music sadly has a long history of censorship attempts, from songs being banned from the airwaves to the Parents Music Resource Center's puritanical culture war. Regressive politicians and government figures are continuing their misguided attempts to curtail access to works by artists and creatives they deem offensive through book bans.


Said Tom Williams of Stray From The Path:

We've always used our music and platform to speak out against various forms of injustice. No matter the industry, the medium or art form, nobody should have their creative works censored by the government. If they can ban books then what stops them from banning music next?

Said LeVar Burton, former host of the PBS series "Reading Rainbow" and executive producer of the 2023 documentary "The Right to Read": 

It's embarrassing that we are banning books in this country, in this culture, in this day and age. And it's dangerous that a handful of individuals are deciding that any book with Black and queer people is divisive. I'm proud to be surrounded by hundreds of artists and millions of MoveOn members who are solidly against this type of censorship. We are calling on everyone to join us in raising their voices to uphold artistic freedom, embrace multicultural history, and put a stop once and for all to book bans.

MoveOn Political Action Executive Director Rahna Epting commented: 

There is both consensus among the creative community and the majority of Americans that book bans take our country backwards. Ron DeSantis and MAGA Republicans seek to censor all of our diverse backgrounds and to punish those who live, love, and think differently than they do," "We won't surrender to their extremism. They cannot erase us. We are the majority, we are defiant, and we will prevail."

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anonymous 159 days ago

Banned GOO

anonymous 159 days ago

Leftists love to burn books, statues and whatnot. The true neo-nazis.

anonymous 159 days ago

No way anyone from Knocked Loose has ever read a book.

anonymous 159 days ago

So cool

anonymous 159 days ago

books are for nerds

anonymous 159 days ago

These people are a living joke. They'll go against book bans up until you throw in Mein Kampf or The Turner Diaries, then they suddenly become complete hypocrites.

anonymous 159 days ago

Shut up ^

anonymous 159 days ago

^Log Cabin Republican

anonymous 159 days ago

If banning music is what it takes so that I never have to hear stray from the path ever in my life, you have my full support.

anonymous 159 days ago

"Stand for your childrens rights to read gay porn in school, now!!" - Band desperately trying to stay relevant

anonymous 159 days ago

Same bands who wanted you vaccinated to see them play want pedo books read to kids Hxc

anonymous 159 days ago

anonymous 23 minutes ago Leftists love to burn books, statues and whatnot. The true neo-nazis. Yet its the Republicans wanting to ban books

anonymous 159 days ago

Reading Rainbow!!!

Inkongudunk 159 days ago

The books aren't banned.

Inkongudunk 159 days ago

That's like saying porn is banned because you have to go to a certain area to rent porn dvds at blockbuster. It's not banned. It's just not on the shelf next to Blues Clues and Shrek

anonymous 159 days ago

Well thank you. I know who the groomers are now, never listened to any of the trash bands anyway. I dont know what the hype is about converge anyway. Id rather listen to static on AM channel

ShadowBlade 159 days ago

Fascism is a left-wing movement.

rick____tocchet 159 days ago

These bands all suck and are CNN subscribers. Looking forward to never giving any of these bands another cent.

Bortslob 159 days ago

I guess it makes sense since only a 14 year old max would want to suck these bands off 😂😂😂 Way to support grooming pedos!

rick____tocchet 159 days ago

The first time i "learned" about sex in school was 9th grade. My lesbian gym teacher (that was super cool btw) was talking to us about STDs. I guess that fueled my virginity streak to about 26 years of age.

anonymous 159 days ago

Oh shut up bands!

anonymous 159 days ago

Inkongudork or whatever the f*ck with the dumbest take as always lol Shut the f*ck up, idiot. What a moron.

anonymous 159 days ago

In all honesty, many of these books should be banned, especially from elementary schools. No young children should be exposed to these topics until they are older and have the capacity to understand. It's that simple. Plus, book companies are purposely writing books about these topics to indoctrinate young children and push their political agenda. These bands have no clue or understanding of how detrimental it is from a psychological perspective for children to be exposed to these topics.

anonymous 159 days ago

Another pushing for these books to be in schools, need a psychological evaluation. You can't tell me a five year old needs to learn about mutilating their genitals. Think about it people......

anonymous 159 days ago

I've become upset.

anonymous 159 days ago

Levar Burton is always cheating on his wife on the road lol Get off your high horse, dude. You're a piece of shit.

anonymous 159 days ago

Every single one these band members need to call out to Jesus and repent. It's f*cking free of cost.

anonymous 159 days ago

Taco Bell dog here. Lavar rules. He insists on tipping every time he's in one of our over 8000 restaurants world wide. But don't take my word for it.

anonymous 159 days ago

brain broken comments. you are all just bigots. admit it. children are molested by religious figures in staggering numbers, expecially when compared to trans people assaulting kids. none of you care much about that until some f*cking losers made up another boogyman to scare you. you realize that we have gone decades with LGBTQ+ people in society, media, etc. But, until the past 4 years, it is all of the sudden a massive issue. How curious. You all don't care tho. Not a single person will be smart enough to comprehend how f*cking dumb this whole groomer shit is. and that is horrifying. tl;dr there are no facts about LGBT grooming, right wingers hate books and are bigots and so do those who agree with them. take the L and reevaluate yourselves.

anonymous 159 days ago

^^^^

rick____tocchet 159 days ago

In all honesty i didnt know what a transexual was up until 2007 or 8. I just never understood wtf was going on with these people. Most of it was because I never really gave a shit either. But there is no reason why kids especially pre -teens need to know about that information.

anonymous 159 days ago

books are gay. if you read a book you let the author into your mind like a beta bitch. please tell me what to think master! mmm thank you. gay

anonymous 159 days ago

Kat from Scowl here. I have never read a book. But I do enjoy reading the script from the Taco Bell marketing assistant when I play Taco Bell YouTube crust punk sets

anonymous 159 days ago

I'll be outside all their shows handing out literature against anti-white hate, U.S crime statistics based on race and the importance of gender roles in society. Of course, they will all fully support my rights to share my ideology and objective facts. Right?

rick____tocchet 159 days ago

anonymous 1 minute ago I'll be outside all their shows handing out literature against anti-white hate, U.S crime statistics based on race and the importance of gender roles in society. Of course, they will all fully support my rights to share my ideology and objective facts. Right? Raysist!!!

anonymous 159 days ago

You spina bifida ass retards keep Reading Rainbows name outta your moufs

anonymous 159 days ago

The Callous Daoboys are against it? Well, it must be a serious issue!

Inkongudunk 159 days ago

Lol, because I understand that an age restriction is not a ban I am a moron. Got it.

anonymous 159 days ago

I read a book once

anonymous 159 days ago

TRUMP 2020 4 LIFE

anonymous 159 days ago

Kill your local GOP representatives

Bortslob 159 days ago

Inkongudunk 27 minutes ago Lol, because I understand that an age restriction is not a ban I am a moron. Got it. Come on man you're not a moron, you're a bigot

PoultryInMotion 159 days ago

so these bands signed a statement denouncing something...they're so brave

anonymous 159 days ago

Removing books from school library shelves that show how to use gay dating apps and fellate others is not banning books. This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I would say I lost respect for these bands but I didn't have any to begin with.

anonymous 159 days ago

Just be openly racist. Extinguishes tensions and leaves nothing for them. Everyone admitting they are racist is the best thing for this clown show.

anonymous 159 days ago

You know it's bad when emma booster and the dude with no b@llss in knocked loose petition for something

anonymous 159 days ago

Liberals are tricking people who've never read books into supporting pedophilia while they are actively banning and rewriting childrens classics by Twain, Dahl. etc etc. Next decade will be interesting to see who gets busted as a diddler. I'll go with the singer and guitar player for Converge. They're def diddlers.

anonymous 159 days ago

Kurt Ballou does look very pedo-y in their recent Rig Rundown. With his shit spec'd Indonesia guitar brand.

anonymous 159 days ago

Irrelevant bands doing some good ol virtue signaling for likes. Nobody cares what communist Jesse or what shmeagol Jacob have to say.

anonymous 159 days ago

Anyone who votes red is currently looking for kids to diddle. All the weird shit is 1000000% projection lmao

anonymous 159 days ago

Wonder if these bands would still virtue-signal if it were their child learning how to properly give a rimjob

anonymous 159 days ago

Another reason to home school and get out of the leftist Indoctrination camps they call public school full of mentally deranged pink haired communists. These bands are not even has beens, the definition of a list of never was.

anonymous 159 days ago

We all must join the fight cause this is absolutely absurd

anonymous 159 days ago

You never heard about trans people or gays infiltrating and corrupting the young minds of society up until a few years ago because up until that point marginally-intelligent con artists and psy-ops teams from rival countries hadn't figured out how easy it is to dupe/stoke the fires of tribalism within the willfully-ignorant idiots of the U.S. with countless "become enraged by this shiny object" culture wars.

anonymous 159 days ago

Shouting rather than discussion. You don't get someone to come close enough to your side of the fence so they can hear what you have to say by pushing them away. Calm down, unplug and maybe be a person. Also, reading books is cool.

NorthFromHere 159 days ago

Based Code Orange staying apolitical as always with their buddy Billy Corgan :)

NorthFromHere 159 days ago

anonymous 4 hours ago No way anyone from Knocked Loose has ever read a book. Nailed it!

anonymous 159 days ago

But will they show this level of enthusiasm for The Culture of Critique, Barren Metal (one of the greatest books ever written about capitalism), The Fourth Political Theory and The Transgender Industrial Complex, which have all been banned from every major retailer?

anonymous 159 days ago

Converge is full-on progressive gay at this point. Kurt looks like a reddit moderator

anonymous 159 days ago

They want gay porn to be available in school libraries? weird flex.

anonymous 159 days ago

Without any context…. Banning books that are supported by the bands listed above, sounds like a good idea.

anonymous 159 days ago

Matt Heafy made a living off the bro crowd and now he's towing the line for the alphabet mafia simps on Twitch. Gotta grift hard when your band hasn't been relevant in over a decade lmao

anonymous 159 days ago

Like banning or protesting anything matters when you have one of the weakest societies in human history constantly complaining about things that barely matter at the end of the safe day. Rules for thee, not for me -- Republicans and Democrats, Left and Right, woke or not, everyone's f*cking dumb and new to their ideologies. Everyone thinks they know everything, everyone repaved their short-term memories with tall tales of always giving a f*ck. Good luck getting kids to read books when parents prefer to shove devices in the kids' faces. Good luck getting protests to have a long-term affect when the moment your team's skeletons pop out of the closet, you back-pedal into the depths of uselessness you were born into. f*ck all of this, f*ck everyone here, and f*ck people who aren't happy enough with their $1k+ phones, leased cars, and boutique guitars.

anonymous 159 days ago

"They should band these books - no kid should be exposed to these things so early on" -- kind of like how we all were? And how we're all fine? Maybe your uncle snuck into your tent on a family camping trip to diddle you, but not every person came out a petulant baby who thinks everyone needs to be swaddled in bubble wrap. The books they want to ban haven't ever made a big difference on anything - EVER. Your parents, you, and your dumb kids will be as useless as they ever could be with/without a book about butt stuff, racism, sexism, communism, conservatism, etc. You all still came out giant babies for life - that's ingrained in the very fibers of humanity.

anonymous 159 days ago

Can we please go back to feeding christians to lions? A good christian is dead one

anonymous 159 days ago

Ban liberals

anonymous 159 days ago

Reading is for gays

anonymous 159 days ago

Hardcore is not for right wingers and conservatives. Never has been. But love seeing that dumb energy manifest in Lambgoat comments on days when 4chan has become too boring for the anonymous crowd. Imagine if you dumb alt-right cucks spent that energy lifting weights and getting chicks like me and all my far left Antifa friends. You'd be much happier. I love you all, even you intellectual dark web fanbois who need to read Jordan Peterson to feel motivated to make your own bed. Have fun being weird on the world wide web, weaklings. See y'all in the pit!

anonymous 159 days ago

Hold on, now you're coming for boutique guitars? Enough is enough! Don't f*ck with my exotic woods and hand-wound pickups!

anonymous 158 days ago

Books are gay, give an over the pants hand job to some dude in a children's theatre production like a true patriot

anonymous 158 days ago

Dear Conservative dudes, it's not a book's fault you love sucking dick

anonymous 158 days ago

Yeah tell me more about punk/hardcore, girl from Dying Wish who just stumbled into this shit three years ago.

anonymous 158 days ago

Pretty f*cking funny reading leftists in 2023 talking about "what is hardcore". Bunch of mindless sheep thinking they're fighting against the system while having all the media, goverments, big tech and big pharma behind them lol

anonymous 158 days ago

Sounds like you're damned no matter which way you swing. If you go for either party you'll be backed by their politicians, fandom dickriders, whatever companies support x thing. If you go the centrist route then you're being backed by a lot of MSM companies and you'll be crucified for false equivalencies and not picking a side. Current culture is a f*cking joke with how people treat these issues and there's a complete loss of trust in every facet of life. I have no idea how we're supposed to bounce back from this.

anonymous 158 days ago

Ousted themselves as Biden voters. Hilarious. Nothing says my IQ is under 50 more than admitting you voted for Dementia Joe.

anonymous 158 days ago

Child grooming pedo liberals are stoked.

anonymous 158 days ago

Do any of you shit bags actually have kids?

anonymous 158 days ago

^^^Libtards are too busy aborting them.

anonymous 158 days ago

If a zine is $25 these days, how much is a book?

anonymous 158 days ago

'Dear Conservative dudes, it's not a book's fault you love sucking dick' Imagine the irony in actually knowing the difference between a dick and a vagina.

anonymous 158 days ago

Books good, historic statues bad

anonymous 158 days ago

"Hardcore is not for right wingers and conservatives. Never has been. But love seeing that dumb energy manifest in Lambgoat comments on days when 4chan has become too boring for the anonymous crowd. Imagine if you dumb alt-right cucks spent that energy lifting weights and getting chicks like me and all my far left Antifa friends. You'd be much happier. I love you all, even you intellectual dark web fanbois who need to read Jordan Peterson to feel motivated to make your own bed. Have fun being weird on the world wide web, weaklings. See y'all in the pit!" Your conservative parents float your "hardcore" left wing bohemian lifestyle. While they get up consistently and be responsible adults, youre in their house, eating their food, while you bitch and moan about "conservatives." Hardcore is a middle class sport where losers are floated by their parents so they can be tattooed gig workers with no real worry other than to walk their fur baby and make their bed sometimes.

anonymous 158 days ago

SLEEPY JOE BIDEN HERE. I MEAN WHERE.

anonymous 158 days ago

One Life Crew 2024

anonymous 158 days ago

The drummer from Jesus Piece have something to say about this? 👀

anonymous 158 days ago

imagine if all those bands actually made a stance against the unconstitutional Covid vaccine mandates or the freedom of speech censorship insanity on the internet that our government orchestrated which has been proven from the Twitter files. But no. Not the true hardcore punk ethos that's more important than anything. It's gotta be the bandwagon move of books with detailed sexual situations for pre pubescent kids. All of you are simpleton posers.

anonymous 158 days ago

Ban present day hardcore

anonymous 158 days ago

I love it when conservatives realize all the GOOD art they love is made by democrats. Ohhhh boy you dudes are just now figuring it out.

anonymous 158 days ago

But y'all got Kid Rock so there's that…

anonymous 158 days ago

Why are LGBT/libs so intent on pushing their agenda on kids? Oh yeah because they can't reproduce. Groomers

anonymous 158 days ago

Same bands are probably boosted and banned people from their shows based on health records

anonymous 158 days ago

I'm sure this is only against some banned books. They don't want to be supporting the Turner Diaries or anything very bad and very scary

anonymous 158 days ago

Punk was once about the little guy. Now it's about priviliged kids pushing whatever the multi-national corporations and politicians tell them too. Showing children porn is degenerate and should be met with the sword. God is good. Keep the fake and ghey to yourself.

anonymous 158 days ago

Finally I'll be able to share Sociology For The South with my students!

anonymous 158 days ago

Tom from sftp is a f*cking capitalist pig. Such a hypocrite.

anonymous 158 days ago

Banning from school libraries is a pretty important call out. Any one can still go to the public library to get your rocks off with your sex books.

anonymous 158 days ago

I dunno...seems "fashy" to tell other organizations what they can ban or not ban, doesnt it? Or does that count because its all POC buttsex stuff?

anonymous 158 days ago

You're all aware that like half or more of these "banned" books are banned for racial and/or political dissent reasons, it isn't all gender issues. Do you dumb f*cks even read any news or just watch Tucker Carlson on whatever platform that still allows his disingenuous ass to broadcast from?

Bortslob 158 days ago

Libs want to be able to show toddlers gay porn right before they abort them

anonymous 158 days ago

CRT is for commies leftoids must be stopped.

anonymous 158 days ago

Punk Rock is a public school normie buying a Green Day shirt at Target while flipping the bird at their cushy incomed parents.

anonymous 158 days ago

So, in other words, its boring and just first world nonsense.

anonymous 157 days ago

Remember the Book Burning Mobile from The Simpsons?

anonymous 157 days ago

All you republican retards only have the same ten buzzwords and arguments that you like to use interchangeably. Mercifully, the world also sees you as a pack of retards. Abort righties and "christians"

anonymous 156 days ago

schools are prisons for children run by the state and should all be burned to the ground with every last teacher and faculty member locked inside

anonymous 142 days ago

I thought this was a hoax? Lmfao 🙄 2020 BLM nonsense all over again. These bands are simpf*cks




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