Almost 2,000 people liked the Facebook page of Icelandic viking metal band Skálmöld in 24 hours after reported that 90 people had disliked it following the band expressing its support for the Reykjavík Pride festival, promoting LGBTQI rights.
After visir.is posted the story about the dislikes on Monday evening, the band had approximately 28,000 followers on Facebook and in the early afternoon yesterday, the number had jumped to almost 30,000. The development has continued, if not at the same rate—24 hours later, the band boasted more than 30,600 followers.
“To all of you fans out there, old and new, you have made us extremely proud. Not only are you the most loyal crowd that a band could wish for, but over the last few days you have also shown what you are really made of.
“One should never remain silent when fellow humans are being discriminated [against] and we should all have the right to be who we are, as long as we are not being assholes. This has nothing to do with politics, religion, science or such forces,” the band wrote in response.
Skálmöld’s status during Reykjavík Pride, including the band’s logo on a rainbow background, read in part: “Remember that you can never go wrong in this world when it comes to sexuality, gender, belief, skin colour, nationality, taste in music or pretty much anything else, as long as you are being yourself.”