Pearl Jam against Donald Trump

The poster made by Pearl Jam to promote their show at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula has created a lot of controversy in the United States. The poster was designed by Jeff Ament together with Bobby “Draws Skulls” Brown and depicts a White House set on fire with the corpse of Donald Trump being eaten by an eagle on the front lawn.
Eddie Vedder live in Missoula, 8/13/18 – Photo: Kinsey Blake Haynes

The first one to speak against the poster has been the Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, who wrote on Twitter: “This poster from Pearl Jam is disgusting and reprehensible. It depicts a dead President Trump and a burning White House”, and he invited Jon Tester – the Democratic senator of Montana to whom Pearl Jam donated part of the proceeds of the show – “to denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism”. A Fox News journalist, Chad Pergram, accused Tester of supporting the far left since he hasn’t officially distanced himself from the image.

Jeff Ament released a statement to Rolling Stone magazine: “The role of artists is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has us thinking and feeling, I was the sole conceptualist of this poster, and I welcome all interpretations and discourse. Love, from the First Amendment, Jeff Ament”.

The First Amendment of United States Constitution guarantees freedom of press and speech.