Following the death of Jeffrey Epstein on Saturday, Foster The People took to their official Twitter account to share some theories on the death of the billionaire in jail while awaiting federal sex trafficking charges.
“Have you seen photos of the body? it’s obviously not him,” posted the account on Twitter Saturday night. “My guess is, Epstein’s on a private plane to somewhere in the Middle East getting prepped for plastic surgery right now #EpsteinBodyDouble.”
The theory prompted plenty of comments from fans and headlines about their idea, but on Sunday Foster The People doubled-down on their claim, comparing previous pictures of the billionaire and defending their right to an opinion.
“I find it strange that I’ve been chastised by reporters from NBC and other news outlets for my opinion. Everything you guys have been reporting has been conjecture. If you want to be considered a respected authority of truth, do a better job.”
Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been launched.
“To anyone else who considers it ‘off brand’ for an artist to talk about social issues, cover-ups, and justice… A. you need a history lesson B. you’re scared of what I’m saying C. my voice is my brand, whether it’s used to speak or sing” continued the tweet, thought to be written by frontman Mark Foster. “The problem with a case like this, is that the public will forget about in a week. Media will change headlines to another story and stop covering it. They already have, and it will be easily swept under the rug just like the Stephen Paddock mass shooting.”
Paddock was responsible for the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017, opening fire on a Country music festival.
What continues is deeper talk of connections between Epstein and officials at the Department of Justice, and Foster The People urging artists to not be silenced. “More than ever artists need to speak up, because they’re not getting paid by sponsors or told how to spin a story by their bosses” they added. “Support your artists. Support real journalism. Fact check everything. Do your own research.”