On Saturday, singer/songwriter Frank Stallone―the younger brother of actor and director Sylvester Stallone―sent out a tweet bashing Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg, calling the high-profile gun control advocate a “pussy.” Now, he’s issued an apology for the tweet, saying that he’s “deeply ashamed” of his behavior.
“To everyone and to David Hogg especially. I want to deeply apologize for my irresponsible words,” he said in a tweet on Sunday morning. The tweet was signed “Frank.”
The Sunday morning tweet was a sharp departure from his words on Saturday. Although the original tweet has since been deleted, Stallone suggested that somebody in Hogg’s “age group” probably wanted to physically assault him.
“This David Hogg pussy is getting a little too big for his britches. I’m sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little bitch. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He’s the worst rep for today’s youth headline grabbing punk,” the 67-year-old “The Evil Purpose” singer tweeted.
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 31, 2018
Notably, although it’s received less attention, Stallone also attacked Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez on Saturday, in a reply to a tweet by right-wing former game show host Chuck Woolery.
Stallone is far from the only person who’s been launching verbal attacks on Hogg and his fellow activist Parkland survivors. Earlier this week, a tweet from Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocking Hogg over a rejected college application set off an avalanche of advertisers abandoning her show. Ingraham subsequently apologized for her comment and has announced she’s taking a week-long vacation.
On Friday night, Ted Nugent called the Parkland survivors turned activists “mushy-brained children” who “have no soul.”
It seems clear that Stallone sides with Ingraham and Nugent in the controversy, and people were quick to burn him back.
I’d suggest we’d boycott Frank Stallone, but what is there to boycott?
— B. Michael Krol (@bmkrol) March 31, 2018
Ted Nugent, Frank Stallone.
Because mocking teen shooting victims is easier than writing one shitty, quasi-hit song every 40 years.
— Erik Brans (@erikbransteen) March 31, 2018
On Saturday, the same day that he tweeted his incendiary statement about Hogg, Stallone retweeted a comment from conservative commentator Matt Walsh, arguing that the advertiser boycott against Ingraham showed “you should be very careful about apologizing to the left.” Just one day later, however, Stallone has decided to offer up an apology of his own.