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SUICIDE SILENCE: Fire Eddie Hermida

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We, the fans, request that Nuclear Blast Records USA and the other members of the band Suicide Silence to fire lead vocalist Eddie Hermida. 
Eddie was accused of having sex with a then-17-year-old girl and asking her to send nudes. There is NO PLACE for pedophiles or sexual predators in the metal scene, at live events, in the music business, or in the band. Former vocalist Mitch Lucker, who tragically passed away in 2012, had stated on several occasions he was against pedophiles. That being said, having Eddie in the band is a spit in the face to Mitch's legacy and to the reputation of the band.  

The allegations against Hermida came to light on Monday, November 13 when Belgian woman Verena Celis posted a lengthy account on Twitter of her interactions with him, including the 2015 and 2016 exchange of nude photos when she was 17 and he 32. You can view those tweets below. Celis also claims to have subsequently made contact with other girls who've had similar experiences with Hermida.

Hermida has yet to comment on the matter and we cannot corroborate her version of events, so take this for what you will.

Summarizing her predicament and current feelings towards Suicide Silence, Celis says:

"He made me feel worthless and like I never meant anything to him, but I know he was just afraid for some reason. This statement is not about bashing the band in its entirety, because I still love the others as much as 6 years ago. I still support them. Just not Eddie anymore. Please, if you are underage and a band member is hitting on you, speak up. You're not alone. I promise."

UPDATE #1: Celis has removed her Twitter "statement."

UPDATE #2: Hermida has now issued a statement on the matter.

My statement after it has been highly requested (thread)

— verena (@thyartismxrder) November 14, 2017

— verena (@thyartismxrder) November 15, 2017

— verena (@thyartismxrder) November 15, 2017

— verena (@thyartismxrder) November 13, 2017

Shortly issuing her statement, Celis addressed her detractors:

"Since people are calling me crazy, attention seeking, weak minded, and telling me I'm not a 'real' abuse victim, I have decided to take my statement down because I don't want to deal with all that negativity. Mind that all those people being negative were white males about the same age as Eddie... Stop blaming the victim. Thanks."

Celis taking her status down means Eddie is winning the battle, and thus sends the message to all women and children that they will be vilified if they ever speak out about rape or sexual assault. THAT IS NOT OKAY. 

To the other members of Suicide Silence, Nuclear Blast, and management, please do the right thing and fire Eddie. His actions go against EVERYTHING heavy metal stands for and represents, what WE, the fans, stand for and represent. It's bad enough we have people shooting up concerts and killing dozens of people lately; we don't want sexual predators at our live events or at an all-ages event no less.
The alternative is for Nuclear Blast Records to fire Suicide Silence, terminate their contract, and cancel their tour. 

As long as Suicide Silence remains on the label, we will no longer purchase merchandise from or support any artist or project signed to Nuclear Blast. 

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