Five For Fighting frontman John Ondrasik posted a graphic video for his song “Blood On My Hands”, which strongly criticizes the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. However, he does not view the song as being political, choosing instead to view it as historical.
The Grammy-nominated artist initially released the song in September shortly after President Biden ordered the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country, leaving the door open for the Taliban to quickly regain control. Speaking to Fox News, Ondrasik explained that his decision to include graphic images of the situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban was important in getting his point across.
After feeling the reaction to ‘Blood on My Hands’, especially from veterans, I felt a call to document with pictures, music, and commentary America’s withdrawal from it. Afghanistan and its ongoing ramifications. Omitting images of Taliban atrocities would have done the victims an injustice and would not have been a true representation of the current reality, “he explained.” We have done our best. not to be free and frankly removed the clips and images that were even more difficult to view. I haven’t given much thought to the reaction. “
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However, the move sparked some controversy after YouTube removed the video for violating its graphic content policy. However, he quickly reversed his decision and reinstated the video with a graphic content warning, which the artist said he found “appropriate.” However, he noted that he couldn’t help but think of musicians with fewer resources than him.
“It made me think of artists who don’t have platforms that generate such an uproar from influencers and politicians demanding action,” he told Fox News Digital. “What would be their recourse when their expression was pointed at or silenced?” I thought about the influential protest songs of the past and what would have happened if there had been a dominant entity that could, with a simple gesture, prevent us from hearing their historic lyrics and voices. “
He continued, “I find little credibility that these Big Tech actions have no component of internal political bias, as they tend to only censor critical opinions on one side. more dangerous for our nation. I find now I don’t just ask ‘What’s going on?’ but ‘What is going on?’ “
the severe reprimand in the song begins with Biden declaring that a withdrawal from Afghanistan will not, in fact, allow the Taliban to recapture the country before the exit. From there, the video launches into a series of news and archive footage of the deteriorating situation in the country under the Taliban, including gruesome videos of those who died trying to escape the countries as well as those who have been hanged, beaten and tortured by the new regime in power.
He noted that his great intention with the song as well as the sometimes shocking video was to keep the focus on Afghanistan in a world that already seemed to be moving away from the controversial decision.
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Although he names Biden, as well as the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense in the song, he told Fox News Digital that the sentiment of the song would be the same if a similar pullout occurred under a republican administration.
“I’ve said many times that if Donald Trump or any Republican was president, and we were in that position with Afghanistan, the song would stay the same, only the names would change.”
He added, “Breaking the promise that no man is left for me is not political action, it is moral action. A day after our last soldier left, my friend risked her life to save the Americans and the allies we have abandoned. the Taliban. It was surreal, infuriating and beyond pallor, “he said.” Are we the America of Normandy, the Berlin Wall or a nation that abandons its citizens and allies to terrorists?
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Ondrasik understands that making a song critical of the Biden administration may put him in the sights of undoing the culture of his supporters online and in show business. However, he does not consider his song to be political, but “historical” and “moral”.
Instead, he believes what is happening in Afghanistan under the Taliban should be the real cause for alarm.
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“It’s depressing that with the tribal nature of our culture that there are hardly any songwriters, actors, celebrities talking about the greatest decimation of women’s rights of our generation.” , did he declare. “LGBTQ are being hunted down by the Taliban, and where are the LGBTQ defenders? Fawad Andarabi, an Afghan folk singer, was assassinated by the Taliban. Where is the music press that claims to support freedom of expression? This silence of most media, Hollywood and culture in general is a shame and testifies to the hypocrisy of those who claim to speak for the oppressed.
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