VIDEO: John Mellencamp Throws 'Black Power' Fist, Kneels After Song

Mellencamp took a knee and raised a fist in honor of Black Lives Matter During Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Singer John Mellencamp sang a song and took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Feb. 1 on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (Video below)

Mellencamp sang the 2017 song “Easy Target,” which mentions Black Lives Matter in its lyrics. And the end of the performance, Mellencamp took a knee and raised his fist in the air.

The "Black Power" fist is generally associated with black nationalism, and the kneeling is mimicking the anti-police protests performed by the National Football league players during the national anthem the past two seasons.

The lyrics to “Easy Target” include:

"So, Black lives matter

Who we trying to kid

Here's an easy target

Don't matter, never did

Crosses burning

Such a long time ago

400 years and we still don't, let it go"

Many on social media criticized Mellencamp’s performance.

“Well, John....this is where we part company,” said David J. Shultz on Facebook. “I sure enjoyed your songs from the 80s, and did my best to support a fellow Hoosier by buying your music and seeing you in concert. But I've known your liberal tendencies for some time, and this tears it for me. I will never listen to your music ever again. … You will not disrespect my country and my values and think for a second that I will just brush it off. Hope many other Hoosiers feel the same way as I do and that we all just stop supporting you.”

“I use to love this guy, loved his music and he is a Hoosier also like myself,” said a Judy Couch Ro on Facebook. “I have disowned ever liking him and got rid of all his CD'S and will never listen to him or watch him. … I never watched him on this show, but I heard about this on the net... He can burn in hell with all the rest of the celebrities that think they are something they aren't … the fact is they are all demon-crats.”

You can see the video of the performance below:

Comments (39)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Yikes, that's got to sting of you're a fan of his and don't see his political perspective. This would be like if the living legend Jay-Z suddenly started caping for Trump.

If you weren't already aware, most artists lean left. Conservatives normally and largely aren't a creative bunch.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Good thing BLM matter to white people because they sure don’t matter to black people.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Thinblueline white lives must not matter to white people either, with the opioid decimation currently taking place.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Yup, chlorine in the gene pool all around, works for me.

tmarch35
tmarch35

My wife was always a HUGE fan!! Well she is also done with this asshat!! So am I!!! Wow!

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Another Celebrity that needs to to be boycotted and not seen or heard. I’m leaving to the wilderness today so there no chance to watch the political bowl today

Jmetz7
Jmetz7

Omg...the line where he says something like 400 years and WE still can't let it go....it's them they can't let it go...they automatically blame everything as being a racial thing....casll put if work constantly get fired....I was picked on because of my race....LAUGHABLE! Racism very rarely actually happens...but accusing people of racism happens CONSTANTLY!

Jmetz7
Jmetz7
  • call out of work
Mb_275
Mb_275

Just another “entertainer” duped by a radical group whose existence is based on a lie. Nothing to see here .. move along.

bronx163
bronx163

Cops should not of worked any security gigs on or off duty for this shit bag white trash liberal.
And collar everyone smoking weed in and around the.concert

bronx163
bronx163

black lives matter is a domestic terror inciting violence organization.

bronx163
bronx163

BLUE LIVES MATTER AND THEIR LIVES ARE WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD.
THEY ARE THE SHERP DOGS OF SOCIETY.

bronx163
bronx163

SHEEP DOGS!
Guardians

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Another dick head added to the pile of SHIT!!

Bevkins
Bevkins

Yep, it will soon be there's no one to listen to in the acting or music industry. How sad they can't keep their ignorant mouths shut. Saving a lot of change not supporting them. Will instead send that change to fund widows and their children of our local law enforcement. My money is better spent supporting those who serve and protect, than those who do their best to cause hate, division and feed propaganda of a long known terrorist group.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Bevkins the thing is, they're not a terrorist group.

Aaron57
Aaron57

They meet the FBI definition.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Aaron57 no they dont. Antifa and alt-right Nazis do.

What part of the definition do they meet?

Aaron57
Aaron57

An organization that uses fear to influence a government. So... All of it.

Bluefanol
Bluefanol

Nobody has mentioned it but the song really sucks. OMG is it bad. Apparently the only way he can get anyone to listen to his current songs is to be over the top stupid. Awful!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Aaron57 so how exactly has BLM used fear?

Antifa throws molotov cocktails, alt right nazis run people over in cars. What does BLM do?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

And I'm asking for specific BLM members committing crimes. Not unassociated others causing trouble. Explain, please.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Aaron57 just because you're irrationally scared of peaceful protesters doesn't make them terrorists.

Tell me, what's your opinion on alt-right/neo-nazis?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Jmetz7 racism is not a rare occurence. Quick example is the Baltimore police department scandal right now, showing that cops incriminated young black teens, among many other offenses. The department now has to two view about 2000 court cases to see if extortion or intimidation was used to convict individuals.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 why would anyone get collared for smoking weed? Medical marijuana is legal in NYC.

bronx163
bronx163

Only pill form dumbass.
Stay out of ny laws.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 really, Ive regularly smoked in NYC, no problems.

I guess you should arrest me next time, clown.

bronx163
bronx163

Its still a misdemeanor

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 alright. Next time I'm in NYC, I'll light a J in your honor, and tag you here.

bronx163
bronx163

Ill make sure if i catch it i time ill send boys in blue to give u free ride to pct.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 let's be real. No you won't. They have more important things to worry about than me smoking weed in Brooklyn before the TDE concert this Spring.

bronx163
bronx163

Make u a special case

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 alright, dummy. You know where I'll be.

HighestCommDemonator
HighestCommDemonator

Never

Hannibal
Hannibal

Fist or straight hand, the salute carries the same racial meaning. Racist piece of shit.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hannibal that's wrong, but alright.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

BLM hates black people more than anyone . They pray on them more than anyone else.