June 10th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
As oil continues to spew from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, rock group Korn is taking a stand. The band, who will be hitting the road with the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer, is boycotting the use of BP products in their tour buses and vehicles.
“The daily images are hard to watch,” Korn frontman Jonathan Davis said in a statement. “We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this. We want to send a message to corporations like BP so that they will take more preventative measures in the future. The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don’t happen again. It’s plain and simple capitalism.”
Coincidentally, Korn’s latest video, “Oildale (Leave Me Alone)” is set in a poor area situated among the oil fields of the band’s Bakersfield, California, hometown. “It was one thing for us to grow up near such poverty,” said Davis, 40, who is urging other bands to boycott BP. “But the situation in the Gulf takes things to a whole new level where people’s lives and livelihoods are affected forever.”
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