Disturbed Frontman + Avenged Sevenfold Frontman Criticize “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

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M. Shadows photo: Stefan Brending (2eight) (Wikimedia Commons) / David Draiman photo: AFX836 (Wikimedia Commons) / LGBT Rainbow Flag: Guanaco and subsequent editors/ClkerFreeVectorImages (Wikimedia Commons)
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Disturbed frontman David Draiman and Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows have spoken out on social media to criticize Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill is referring to that of Florida’s “Parental Rights In Education” bill; the bill is being called “Don’t Say Gay” by critics because it seeks to band discussions pertaining to gender and sexuality issues with younger students. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has defended the bill.

If such a bill is signed into law, school teachers and staff will be prohibited from having classroom discussions with students involving topics of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Disturbed frontman took to his Twitter account and shared a Miami Herald article that featured protestors speaking out against the bill. In his caption to the tweet, Draiman wrote, “This is fucking ridiculous. #GAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAY.”

The Avenged Sevenfold frontman also took to Twitter, replying to Draiman’s tweet. In Shadows’ reply, he said, “As a parent of a 7 and 9 year old they have asked about sex and used the word “gay” in derogatory fashion.   Kids are aware at this age so I feel the quicker we explain and show empathy for all people the better… including in school.  (I read the full bill.)”

Draiman replied back with a to the point, “Agreed 🤘🏻”

You can find the tweets from the Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold frontmen below.


Words by: Michael Pementel