David Crosby is the victim of an intense backlash following a tweet he sent over the weekend about the late Eddie Van Halen following the rock legend’s death last week at age 65.
The folk music star caused a sensation with many social media users when he was asked what he thought of Van Halen’s guitarist and simply replied with a “Meh.” “
” Sensational! It was rude, mean and totally devoid of empathy, ”said one Twitter user to whom Crosby replied,“ Sorry… that just meant he didn’t move me much.
Others also took umbrage with Crosby’s remarks on Van Halen.
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“Wrong answer like f – k and rude like f – k !!! ” tweeted LA Guns musician Tracii Guns. “There are better ways to say that you don’t care about someone’s music. It was very disrespectful. And yes immediately f – k you and your sufficient answer.
“I can show how he could have responded WITHOUT being an asshole: ‘I don’t care about the end product, it’s just not my style,” wrote another commentator, adding: “But there is no doubt about his talent and the revolution he brought to the whole industry. You feel expressed and still respectful, see?
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Crosby seemed sarcastically in agreement as he replied, “Better” before clarifying his position in the following tweets a day later, in particular un tweet which suggests that Van Halen “changed the world of the guitar”.
“Hendrix changed the world of the guitar”, Crosby declared. “No one else really… look I get it… a lot of you liked Van Halen… and the only time I met him he was nice… and he was talented… I care a lot… and I doesn’t… doesn’t mean he wasn’t good, he was, but not for me.
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Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice as a member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.