Academics: Eddie Vedder’s comments (once again) unclear

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On July 11 in England, Pearl Jam’s front man, Eddie Vedder, went on (another) tangent that (again) was unclear. This time, in the middle of a concert, he cried (again), “They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them, and they should get the fuck out, mind their own fucking business.” A large number of people immediately linked the comment to Israel and Palestine and quickly labeled Vedder as “anti-Israel”. However, many academics are not in agreement as to Vedder’s target (especially given his talent for being unclear and all).

One renowned historian, a full professor from a university located in a country said, “Actually, Vedder’s comments are (once again) unclear, and there has been a lot of debate as to whom he was referring. Look, there are countless historical and current examples to choose from. Perhaps Vedder was referring to Russia’s recent Sunday stroll into Ukraine, or maybe his own country’s history with those scalp-removing-speedo-wearing pesty little natives. You know they wore makeup, right?”

Another academic from a university in Eurasia said, “Because of Vedder’s gift to (unclearly) ramble on and on and on, we must consider other possibilities. If I was a betting man, and I’m not despite what my colleagues say…ok, yes I was in Vegas but my car really was stolen! Sorry, went off track there. Anyhow, if I had to guess, I’d say the more obvious answer is the colonization of Mars, which I believe is happening as we speak. Government’s always hiding shit from us.  By the way, I have tenure, so I can say what I want.”

Either way, it has been noted (5 times in this report) that Vedder is often unclear (ooh, 6 times!), both in his songs and every day speak, so we may never find out whom he was talking about. However, C+C Music Factory did note: “he is a friend of Roger Waters so, you know, ‘things that make you go hmm…’”


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