Kings Of Leon’s Jared Followill sparks backlash with anti-wrestling and alleged ‘slut-shaming’ tweets

‘Hey, adults. Let’s maybe not watch professional wrestling. Ya know?’

Kings Of Leon's Jared Followill
Kings Of Leon’s Jared Followill

Kings Of Leon Jared Followill has courted controversy in a series of tweets, with one insulting professional wrestling and another accused of ‘slut-shaming’.

The bassist sparked an online backlash after he tweeted “hey, adults. Let’s maybe not watch professional wrestling. Ya know?”

Naturally that upset a great deal of the community of wrestling fandom, with pro-wrestler Veda Scott Tweeted him back with a picture of a shrimp. In an allegedly since deleted Tweet, Followill supposedly replied with ‘close your legs’ – causing further accusations of ‘slut shaming’ and ‘misogyny’, as well as a tirade of wrestling memes.

See Followill’s Tweets and people’s responses below.

Hey, adults. Let’s maybe not watch professional wrestling. Ya know?

— Jared Followill (@youngfollowill) May 8, 2017

Oh he deleted it. But @youngfollowill is forgetting that this is the internet, buddy. Make sure to spread this. @KingsOfLeon @RCARecords pic.twitter.com/LwSWILBlMS

— Andy Peck (@andypeck13) May 9, 2017

.@youngfollowill Kings of Leon Jared Followill Slut Shames Female Pro Wrestler. just tweeting this so it shows up in google search results

— Jumpin Jim Grabowski (@JumpinJimG69) May 9, 2017

The internet, as they say, is forever @youngfollowill pic.twitter.com/Tnz7v52qSB

— UnderhookDDT (@UnderhookDDT) May 9, 2017

Dear @youngfollowill, it’s called screencaps broski. pic.twitter.com/gCUCr6Otkq

— Jay Smith 🔥♈️ (@jayjackets) May 9, 2017

Reminder that @youngfollowill can delete his tweets, but screenshots are forever. pic.twitter.com/HhtXFjpW2f

— CONWAY TITTY (@2dayromance) May 9, 2017

.@youngfollowill Your bio is only technically true because Kings of Leon gigs aren’t worth standing for. pic.twitter.com/Qo0pXasSgr

— Wrestle w/o context (@wresnocontext) May 9, 2017

@Matmenpodcast

You know what happens, @youngfollowill , when you insult a fanbase larger than the one for your music? pic.twitter.com/fcVN98xOTb

— Caleb English (@CoachEnglish43) May 9, 2017

@youngfollowill Grown adult wrestling fans know exactly what to do with your music pic.twitter.com/rdBFoCmBbA

— Kyle Lewis (@KeepItFiveStar) May 8, 2017

The wrestling community coming together against @youngfollowill got me like: pic.twitter.com/nqVpyzQ9Ak

— Cedric Alexander (@CedricAlexander) May 9, 2017

Hey, adults. Let’s maybe not listen to @KingsOfLeon‘s music. Ya know?

😘@youngfollowill

— Arik Cannon (@arikcannon) May 8, 2017

KOL’s Jared Followill Tweets Misogynistic Remark at Female Pro Wrestler https://t.co/tGNX70gcgc #sexism #kingsofleon pic.twitter.com/vQIo3Yp3iN

— OH NO THEY DIDN’T (@ohnotheydidnt) May 9, 2017

NME has approached a Kings Of Leon spokesman for a response.

As well as performing at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend this month, Kings Of Leon’s upcoming UK tour dates are below. For tickets and information, visit here.

Friday June 9 – MANCHESTER Arena
Saturday June 10 – SHEFFIELD Sheffield Arena
Saturday July 1 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Sunday July 2 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Thursday July 6 – LONDON Hyde Park

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Headlining London’s Hyde Park as part of British Summer Time Festival, Kings Of Leon will be joined by Pixies, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit, Deaf Havana, Saint Motel, Tom Grennan, The Cactus Blossoms, Benjamin Booker and Billy Raffoul .

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