Pearl Jam poster from Montana concert ignites controversy

Eloise Marshall
August 17, 2018

For donations between US$200 and US$500, supporters got tickets to the show as well as a chance to attend a reception the night before with Tester and Jeff Ament, the band's bassist and a longtime friend of the senator.

Rosendale and the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) compared the poster to comedian Kathy Griffin's 2017 video in which she held a bloodied head modeled after Trump's.

It depicts a White House in flames, with Trump's skeleton face down on the ground reaching for a briefcase with a hammer and sickle on it.

Surprisingly, Drumpf himself hasn't found the poster important enough to tweet about, although his willfully blind followers have been more than eager to express how they'll never listen to Pearl Jam again, not that they've been any good since the "90s anyway".

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The message from Ament accompanying the poster included the description: "DC burning". If we can't trust Jon Tester to stand up for what is right on his own - how can we trust him in Washington, D.C. representing the people of Montana?

We're at a tipping point and it's time to take action.

The band posted the image of the poster on Instagram, saying that the poster was designed by bassist Jeff Ament and skateboard artist Bobby Brown, who uses the handle Bobby Draws Skullz. So the top of the poster depicts smoke forming into the word "Vote" with Jon Tester flying through the air on a tractor. It wasn't just another Pearl Jam show - this one was helping raise funds for Montana's Democratic senator Jon Tester, who is running for re-election and who Pearl Jam have thrown their support behind in the past. Russian money, golf courses, hookers? The committee featured several images of the poster, and Matt Rosendale, Tester's Republican opponent, called the poster "disgusting and reprehensible". "Maryland Matt. Stars n stripes as flames". On top of another almost 3-hour, 30-song set, the show featured an - um - interesting poster designed in part by Ament himself. He said he believed that the political climate had become too divisive.

Responding online to the poster, some fans even said they would be boycotting the band's music as a result of the controversial artwork.

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