5SOS fans rally behind Ashton Irwin after backlash over Chainsmokers tour
13 February 2019, 12:40
5 Seconds Of Summer fans started a hashtag in support of Ashton Irwin after he received messages urging him to commit self-harm because of their upcoming tour with The Chainsmokers.
5 Seconds Of Summer fans have started a hashtag in support of Ashton Irwin after he received hateful Instagram comments because of the announcement of their tour with The Chainsmokers.
Following their joint single ‘Who Do You Love’ which was released last Friday (Feb 7), 5SOS announced they will be supporting the EDM giants on tour in the US but the news didn’t receive the best reaction from some 5SOS fans.
Instead of expressing their disappointment the usual way (you know, not buying a ticket to the show), some people decided to send nasty comments directly to drummer Ashton. According to Alt Press, several of the comments urged him to commit self-harm, something which Ashton has struggled with in the past.
It is not immediately clear why Ashton has been singled out from the band. A lot of the backlash to The Chainsmokers centres around problematic comments the band have made in interviews, while some see it as a cynical move by The Chainsmokers to sell more tickets to their US tour.
Ashton posted a new photo on Instagram seemingly in response to the backlash with the comment: “The past doesn’t kill me anymore”
Concerned fans with started the #WeStandWithAshtonIrwin to show their support.
I was just notified that fans were telling him to relapse because of this. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF. It is absolutely DISGUSTING to tell ANYONE that. and ASHTON of all people don’t deserve it. I actually feel sick to my stomach. I am ashamed to be part of the same fandom— 5SOS UPDATES! 🌹 (@FiveSOSHelping) February 12, 2019
#WeStandWithAshtonIrwin— 5SOS UPDATES! 🌹 (@FiveSOSHelping) February 13, 2019
The love that was shown with this # was something that turned a bad fandom day into a good one. I hope that @Ashton5SOS gets to see this some day and realize that although we have our bad spots, we have so much love between all of us. Thank you all 🖤
Ashton went through really rough times, and seeing the positivity he spreads everytime made me so proud of him. He’s strong, and always stay positive despite the hate, despite the difficulties. I admire him a lot. #WeStandWithAshtonIrwin ❤️ pic.twitter.com/CIVIZ8DRSf— 𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐚̀ (@outerspaceorla) February 13, 2019
#WeStandWithAshtonIrwin This man has made me extremely happy and I want him to know there are people out there who care for him and appreciate him. I hope I get the chance to meet him and tell him what an inspiration he is to me and how he has impacted my life. Love you lots❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/ilrUwBgLqt— Brianna (@bri_loves1d_16) February 13, 2019
according to my calculations— 𝒛𝒂𝒓𝒂 ˡᵒᵛᵉˢ ᵃˢʰ ◟̽◞̽ (@bandtrashafi) February 13, 2019
| Y’all need to |
| love & respect |
| Ashton Irwin |
| 7 | 8 | 9 | ÷ |
| 4 | 5 | 6 | x |
| 1 | 2 | 3 | - |
| 0 | . | = | + |
todays tea:— kayla loves ashton (@lowlonelyluke) February 12, 2019
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\ Ashton / |
\ deserves /____|
\ better /
A fan reached out to Ashton’s sister Lauren Dawkin on Instagram to check how Ashton was doing, to which she commented back: “He’s perfectly fine. The hate doesn’t get to him, he’s much stronger than you think”.
Neither 5SOS or The Chainsmokers have commented on the backlash.