Five Finger Death Punch Singer Criticizes Government On Pandemic Response
Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody took to Instagram on Thursday night (May 28th) to offer his thoughts on the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in a Minneapolis police officer's custody.
He began with the COVID-19 crisis, which has killed more than 100,000 Americans and devastated the economy. Moody remarked in part, "I believe that our government -- left and right -- right now is failing us. The country is opening up, I believe, prematurely, and anybody who doesn't see that, I also believe, is oblivious to the fact that this is affecting thousands and thousands of families and lives."
Moody added, "I don't understand it, and I don't see why any of us would look to the people we put in power, at this point, to lead the way when it seems as if they can't lead themselves."
As for the killing of George Floyd, which was captured on video, Moody said, "When it comes to the situation in Minnesota, anyone who's seen that film that doesn't believe that those men should be in shackles awaiting trial for murder charges? I don't think I have to say anything. This is an obvious f**king need for justice."
Moody added words of support for the majority of police officers, saying, "To those of you that are rioting out there right now, or are thinking of doing so, remind yourself that there are a million cops out there right now who have their head in their hand, going, 'What the f**k?', because they started doing what they're doing with the right intentions."
Five Finger Death Punch's latest album, F8, was released in February. The band's spring tour with Papa Roach, I Prevail and Ice Nine Kills has been postponed and rescheduled, for now, to the fall.