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

Ronnie Radke predictably caused the controversy storm on himself.

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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.

As 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 Reverse 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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    The only thing more disgusting than his joke is his music.
    His early stuff was more boring and generic than atrocious, but god damn, the shit he's released lately...it's just ****ing awful
    I think the funniest part about it is that there are people that enjoy the garbage music he shits out
    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
    It wasn't even a good joke... jesus.
    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.
    Wait, why is that guy in the comments talking about the holocaust?
    Well, it's on Facebook, so my line of advice would be to save yourself and your sanity, and don't find out. Ever.
    In any controversial discussion nazis or the holocaust will eventually be brought up.
    In any controversial discussion nazis or the holocaust will eventually be brought up.
    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.
    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
    I don't get the joke...
    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
    Let him sit in a room full of survivors and victims families and make that joke, see what happens.
    ...how did he think that wouldn't be taken badly?! What a jerk!
    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.
    Try convincing people who have been directly and indirectly affected by 9/11 that this could in anyway be funny. Didn't think so.....
    That could be said about anything really, but he did go too far!
    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.
    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.
    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"
    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.
    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.
    It was a bit funny. Don't madly overreact over that crap.
    Made me chuckle. Seriously, don't let political correctness fool you. It was indeed just a joke and not an act of terrorism.
    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.
    Joke doesn't even make sense
    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.
    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...
    i guess you could say he.... *takes off sunglasses* has no sympathy for the dead
    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
    come on now, it was 13 years ago.. take a chill pill.
    13 years ago AND a minor disaster compared to others that have happened since then (Japan Tsunami of 2011, anybody remember that?). Ok, I get it, it's got a lot to do with war and politics and it IS historically significant, but we seriously need to move on. Mind you, this is the same planet where even making holocaust jokes is still "too soon".
    Yeah because...ya know...we can all find something funny about 6 million people being eradicated for no other reason than for being Jewish.
    And I think america should stop riding on the 'oh woe's me' about it, step back and size it up against the terror they've cause in Iraq and Afghanistan. two wrongs don't make a right.
    The difference being man, that this isnt laughing at 9/11, it's using the situation as a way to emphasise the comical aspect of the joke. if it was a joke about 9/11 directly then yeah fair enough.. but this is backlash for the sake of having a backlash.
    Oh come on, I'm not on the side of this dude, I dislike every single breath he takes, but this is just a joke. Yeah, black humor, but it's still a joke.
    people are overreacting, Americans are overreacting, sure, it's insensitive but worse stuff happen everyday in small countries and nobody bats an eye. I find it funny
    Herp a derp, 9/11 was the worst thing ever and the whole world should give a shit about it, herp a derp
    Bitch bitch bitch, get the fff over it. Radke is a badass, you're just as free to hate him as he is to say whatever he wants, that's what freedom means. You PC liberal dicktards are what's wrong with our society, crying over everything
    Funny thing is that if it was a joke about a terrorist attack in another country barely anyone would bat an eye