Indie pop outfit LANY is canceling a performance at Liberty University.
Recently, a Twitter user shared a video of comments made by the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., back in 2015.
i was completely unaware about Liberty University & what they stand for as an institution & i’m hoping y’all are as well. please do not speak here. please do not perform here. please do not associate Lany with THIS. @pauljasonklein @thisisLANY https://t.co/xdGAZH0dKK
— caitlin (@caitlincalhoun_) August 6, 2019
Following a mass shooting in San Bernardino by two individuals who the FBI says were radicalized by Muslim extremist online, Falwell encouraged the student body to carry guns. He then said, “I always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walk in and kill … Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.” He later claimed that by saying “those Muslims” he met terrorists and never apologized for the comments. The comments drew widespread criticism.
Falwell’s statements drew renewed attention following two recent mass shootings.
After seeing the clip on Twitter this week, LANY frontman Paul Klein tweeted, “This is disgusting. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. LANY stands for equality and togetherness only. We’re canceling.”
this is disgusting. thanks for bringing it to my attention. lany stands for equality and togetherness only. we’re canceling xSee Also
— paul klein (@pauljasonklein) August 6, 2019
Though LANY isn’t a Christian-market band, Klein attended the Christian college Oral Roberts University and drummer Jake Goss was the touring drummer for Jars of Clay.
It’s unclear when the concert was scheduled for. From The Christian Post: “The Christian Post contacted LU to confirm the cancellation and a spokesperson said they gathered that the concert was no longer happening because of Klein’s tweets.”