Sam Carter of the Architects Stops Concert After Witnessing Sexual Assault: ‘Not at My F—ing Show’
Women being sexually assaulted at shows is an ongoing problem, and many bands might not know or care what really happens in the pit. But Sam Carter of the British metal-punk band the Architects is having none of it. Yesterday, he screamed at a concertgoer whom he witnessed groping somebody.
As NME reports, the band was playing at the Lowlands Festival at Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands, yesterday when, in between songs, Carter went into his diatribe. “I’ve been going over in my f---ing mind about whether I should say something or not about what I saw in that last song,” he began. “And do you know what? I’m going to f---ing say it."
“I saw a girl -- a woman -- crowdsurfing over here and I’m not going to point the f-ing piece of s--- out that did it, but I saw you f---ing grab at her boob. I saw it. It is f---ing disgusting and there is no f---ing place for that s---. It is not your f---ing body. It is not your f---ing body and you do not f---ing grab at someone. Not at my f---ing show. So if you feel like doing that again, walk out there and f--- off and don’t come back. Let’s keep this going, let’s keep this a safe place for f---ing everybody, and let’s have a f---ing good time.”
NME adds that, last month, Brendan Ekstrom of Circa Survive left the stage in mid-gig to confront a man who was repeatedly trying to kiss a woman. “Security followed me," he wrote. "The man seemed dumbfounded when I showed up as if nothing was wrong. I don’t know what happened after. I went back to stage to finish the show. Security took it from there. ... [W]hat I saw from stage was disturbing to me and completely removed me from the mindset I need to be on stage. It wasn’t cute. It was alarming. I’m almost forty and flirting doesn’t look like that. Maybe it’s that I have a daughter or that I’m older.”
In June, four rapes and 23 sexual assaults were reported during the Bravalla Festival in Sweden. As a result, the event was canceled for 2018.
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