Falling in Reverse Frontman Marks Memorial Day By Ridiculing 9/11

Ronnie Radke predictably caused the controversy storm on himself.

Falling in Reverse Frontman Marks Memorial Day By Ridiculing 9/11
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Ronnie Radke has come under a storm of controversy for posting a joke making fun of 9/11 on Memorial Day.

AsĀ Metal Sucks reports, the picture with a caption (see below) was posted by Radke on a number of social networks.

Following an outpouring of negative reactions, Radke has issued the following statement.

"The joke i made about what men will do for sex with the 9/11 picture attached to it was not intended to offend anyone. I'm sorry I was so insensitive on a subject so close to many peoples hearts. I have more respect for my country than that and know when to admit my mistakes."

As Property of Zack reports, Radke's insensitive comments have already had ramifications for the band. SelfMade Co., who make clothing for the Falling in Reverse, have announced that they will be dropping their sponsorship of the band on this year's Warped Tour. Joe Ianelli, owner of SelfMade Co. Has issued the following statement:

"This is Joe Ianelli owner of SelfMade Co. (pictured here standing next to a fallen Ianelli's memorial). As someone who makes clothing that push limits and often offend people, I'm all for freedom of speech and expression. So I'd be a hypocrite in saying it's wrong to express yourself. But I must say I don't agree with making jokes about things that can hurt people, especially when it hits close to home. I know this won't even matter to you but I must decline producing the selfmade co sponsored Falling in ReverseĀ bus tent for you on Warped Tour.

"Not because you've made a joke about something that hits a soft spot to me someone that lived through that day in NY, but because kids look up to you and I feel that post you made crosses a line a "hero" should not be crossing. Anyway I'll be sure to see you on Warped Tour, maybe me and a few of my buddies from back home in NY can take you over to the 9/11 memorial so you can see how funny it is."

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    Megadeth2011
    The only thing more disgusting than his joke is his music.
    whiplash944
    His early stuff was more boring and generic than atrocious, but god damn, the shit he's released lately...it's just ****ing awful
    synthgod808
    the only thing even more disgusting is the free press he gets from it.even more people will get duped into listening to his shitty music
    strataclysm
    I think the funniest part about it is that there are people that enjoy the garbage music he shits out
    BjarnedeGraaf
    It wasn't even a good joke... jesus.
    spiff-corgi
    I know, it's not so much that he made a joke about 9/11. As far as I'm concerned, no subject is off limits for comedy. It's the fact it was just a thoughtless and ridiculous thing to say.
    Everlong729
    Wait, why is that guy in the comments talking about the holocaust?
    N7Crazy
    Well, it's on Facebook, so my line of advice would be to save yourself and your sanity, and don't find out. Ever.
    whiplash944
    In any controversial discussion nazis or the holocaust will eventually be brought up.
    whiplash944
    In any controversial discussion nazis or the holocaust will eventually be brought up.
    SkepsisMetal
    Yeah that wasn't funny in the slightest. Not particularly offensive, when you really think about it. But definitely not funny enough to justify the dickishness needed to post it.
    AlexGreat123
    Ronnie I get you've had a rough life. But that's no excuse to take the piss out of something that affected loads of people
    dentrix
    I don't get the joke...
    lg187
    what men will do once they know they can have sex...it was an exaggeration of how excited they are when they hear they can
    bobbyk1978
    Let him sit in a room full of survivors and victims families and make that joke, see what happens.
    bangbang!!
    ...how did he think that wouldn't be taken badly?! What a jerk!
    jmag
    It was funny. Making a joke about a subject doesn't mean you don't take it seriously, it just means you just have a twisted sense of humor. People get offended way too easily these days.
    App4destruction
    Try convincing people who have been directly and indirectly affected by 9/11 that this could in anyway be funny. Didn't think so.....
    Zerath
    That could be said about anything really, but he did go too far!
    rmack4341
    No such thing as too far. It's just a stupid joke. Get over it, people. In a society with free speech, nothign should be off limits. He wasn;t even expressing some sort of opinion on 9/11,just making a joke. Honestly I don't even get it, but that's besides the point. Lighten up.
    lg187
    especially when he didn't talk about 9/11 it was just the picture. eh it was kind of stupid to post it cause there would be repercussions of any sort. i would have to take both sides and say that people are both insensitive and that was a bit too far to post the picture. but i don't blame the relatives of the victims though for feeling offended of course.
    bobbyk1978
    Free speech only protects you from government persecution regarding what you say. You are still responsible for the social ramifications for what you say, for the views you convey to the public. The best piece of advice really still is "just because you can say something, doesn't necessarily mean you SHOULD say something"
    rmack4341
    bobbyk1978, while I agree with what you said, he is not conveying a personal view to the public, he was simply making a crappy joke. I think it's different. Like a comedian that makes fun of gays or makes racial jokes. They don't necessarily have to feel that way if they are being insulting, they are just entertaining an audience. I don't think there should be ramifications for jokes.
    HitmanJenkins
    He's free to say what he wants, we're also free to say that he is a ****ing idiot for making such a joke in the first place.
    DickHardwood
    It was a bit funny. Don't madly overreact over that crap.
    azrael667
    Made me chuckle. Seriously, don't let political correctness fool you. It was indeed just a joke and not an act of terrorism.
    thechef779
    i guess you could say he.... *takes off sunglasses* has no sympathy for the dead
    Kueller917
    It was in poor taste. Yes 9/11 is not the biggest attack to happen in the world. Yes the US' response and middle east occupation has made them just as bad if not worse. But it's not like jokes are acceptable for everything except the absolute worst genocide. It was a bad joke.
    acblogreview
    Joke doesn't even make sense
    rynlrkn2
    Yes I does. Jihadist believe if you die a martyr for Allah you get seventy-two virgins at the pearly gates. He was saying that the hijackers were so desperate to get laid...well, you know the rest. Kinda clever but lacking in tact.
    Rungej
    That's not what he was saying at all dude.. it's a lot more literal than that.. Why else would it mention, "at work" ? Obviously he was making it seem as if she worked in the building...
    mop10893
    He's a moron. This is the same guy who threw a mic stand into the audience at Six Flags Great Adventure, sending a bunch of people to the hospital.
    Danny. S
    That dylan guy in the comment section is doing his best to be more ignorant than radke