As the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy continues to wrench children from immigrant parents, the backlash continues to grow.
Joining their voices to the chorus of disapproval are two of the biggest, most influential names in the world of rock music: Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who each took aim at the controversial policy during their respective performances on Tuesday night.
During the Tuesday performance of his acclaimed Springsteen on Broadway, reports Billboard, The Boss interrupted the show to shine a light on what he described as the “inhumane” policy that separates young children from their parents, imprisoning them in jail-like confinement centres.
Speaking to the Broadway audience, the “Born to Run” rocker called out “senior people in government” for their attempts to justify their actions.
“For 146 shows, I have played pretty much the same set every night. Tonight demands something different,” Springsteen told the crowd before performing his 1995 protest song “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”
Meanwhile, across the pond, Eddie Vedder shared similar sentiments with the audience attending Pearl Jam’s concert at London’s O2 Arena.
“I would like to send this one to the guy who is in the White House back in the United States,” said Vedder during the intro to “Love Boat Captain”: “I would like him to hear it, but he doesn’t listen to music or read books. Could someone tweet this to him or something? For moms and dads and children being separated at the border. That isn’t the country I remember.”
Watch Vedder’s impassioned speech in the video below: