Blink-182 has decided to stop using Federal Express to ship out its band merchandise in the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. Following the shooting, a number of companies promised to stop offering discounts to the National Rifle Association, which has vehemently opposed any gun control legislation in the wake of Parkland and other massacres. FedEx, however, has not severed ties with the NRA and continues to offer discounts of up to 26 percent to its members.
Blink bassist Mark Hoppus wrote on Twitter, “(FedEx) has chosen to continue its business relationship with the NRA, despite its board member pushing conspiracies against children who survived Parkland. I’ve directed our representatives to stop using them, and encourage you to do the same.”
- The “conspiracies” that Hoppus refers to are baseless accusations by some NRA representatives and other pro-gun advocates who have suggested that some of the Parkland survivors are actors or are being manipulated by gun control supporters.
- FedEx said in a statement, “The NRA is one of hundreds of organizations in our alliances/association Marketing program whose members receive discounted rates for FedEx shipping. FedEx has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues.”
- Blink-182 is scheduled to headline the 11th annual MusInk Festival, which will take place the weekend of March 16th through the 18th in Costa Mesa, California. The event, which is organized by Blink drummer Travis Barker, celebrates tattoo culture, cars and music.