Musician Accused Of Sexual Assault Able To Separate Fans' Money From Fans' Views

Musician Accused Of Sexual Assault Able To Separate Fans' Money From Fans' Views

In a bold statement to show solidarity to his fan base who have separated the art from the artist, local musician separates his income from his die-hard supporters.
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Music fans across America are taking note of a strong stance of solidarity in the wake of sexual assault allegations throughout the music industry. In a beautiful display of resilience in the face of adversity, one local musician has opened up about his separation of musical revenue from the very people who generate it.

Todd Mudd, the guitarist of Infallible Idols, says it's a necessary way of thinking if men under mounting piles of allegations are to continue holding a place in music. "When a fan separates art from the artist, they're making a conscious decision to ensure that these musicians are still given the respect and profits they deserve. As a musician, it's freeing to take the income you get from your fans and enjoy the fruits of that without having to think about the ideologies of the kind of people who support you. It totally eliminates the need to reflect on accountability."

The movement is beginning to spread across D.I.Y. scenes and larger billing venues. At the closure of concerts, more and more men are stepping forward to thank their audiences for their support in times of vague hardship.

"It becomes a serious philosophical question: how to enjoy the creations of someone who has definitely not done anything wrong and is just a victim of a witch-hunt, when music is their livelihood," says a musician accused of soliciting pornographic images of 15 year old fans. "My life would be in tatters if it weren't for the stronghold of my primarily male fan base that continues to come to my shows and purchase my music. This was a small thing I could do to thank them."

Andrew Motif, a casual musician and outspoken fan of Ducktails and Brand New, emphasizes a need for impartial judgement.

"Most of our highly admired historical figures and musicians have done terrible things at one point or another, but I don't think that should discredit the contributions they have brought to society and their art form," says Motif as he purchases an advanced ticket for a Crystal Castles show. "But also I think a lot of the women who have come forward to the press and social media are doing it for attention. Otherwise they would have gone to the police about the very normal forms of coercion in private spaces that they experienced."

Meanwhile, David Slander emphasizes the vengeful attitude many might feel after a unsavory end to a sexual endeavor or career.

"Women have this way of retrospectively adding feeling and details to a memory when they face rejection or find out they're not as important as they thought they were to someone. It's very much a dance of he-said, she-said. I'm not sure we can ignore the obvious spite someone would feel after they left a band due to physical and sexual assaults, or someone who was pushed into a bathroom and groped by a musician they admired a lot."

Many feel that an apology with acknowledgement of wrongdoing suffices. Others think unawareness about healthy consent is to blame. Some say with confidence that, due to public backlash, the accused musicians have learned their lessons.

"I'm sure after the sales he's lost, he's educated himself on how not to be a predator and ask for consent from people of age," said a couple of fans waiting in line for a R. Kelly concert.

In a fresh era of outed abusers and accused manipulators, it's become imperative to retain the stability of a musical hierarchy in which ability supersedes conduct. The hot potato of accountability can be tossed among band mates, labels, and the crowd, but one thing is certain: a new wave of enlightenment has washed over musicians in these trying times. The solidarity shown by bands to their fans is gaining ground. Income is being conceptually released from potentially problematic supporters who generate it.

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To The Girl Who Still Has Her Mom This Christmas

To the girl with who is blessed enough to have her momma this Christmas. 
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     To the girl who is blessed enough to have her momma this Christmas, please remember to soak every last bit of it in. 

      Please remember to hug her so tight, that the way she smells is locked into your nose. Listen to all the stories you've heard a million times, like you've never heard a single one. Help her, even if it seems completely silly to you, help her mix that cake. Laugh, oh please laugh. Laugh at all her corky ways, at the way she mispronounces words, try's to be hip and use new found lingo, or how she cusses when she forgot to get the rolls out of the oven but quickly asks the Lord for forgiveness. Remember her laugh, etch it into your brain. Make her happy, if she wants to go riding around looking at Christmas lights down the same streets you've went for years, do it. Don't fuss, take her advice, agree to just disagree on things. It's not worth it. Most importantly, remind her over and over how much you love her. 

     Because unlike you, I'm not able to see my mom on Christmas. I'm not able to see her on birthdays, Thanksgiving, or any other occasion. My time with her is up. Death is the most permanent heartbreak. 

     How I long to hear her voice, her laugh. To feel her tight embrace. Smell, oh god, what I would give to just be able to smell her. I would absolutely love to go riding around for hours while she ohhs and ahhs at every single house we pass. If I had the opportunity I'd tell her just how much I love her, how I'm so thankful for all the sacrifices she made for me. In fact, I'm not sure I could ever tell her enough. 

      Some days I wake up and it still doesn't feel real. Others, I panic trying to remember exactly how she sounded. Because, I don't want to forget. I don't want to forget a single characteristic about her. Not one. 

     Take time, not just on holidays, or special occasions to be with your mom. Even if it's just you two piled up watching reruns of "The Little House on the Prairie", soak it in. 

    You only get one momma. Nobody could ever take her place. She's your rock. 

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5 Unexpected Lessons The Queens Of 'Rupaul’s Drag Race' Have Bestowed Upon Us

As I anxiously await the impending season four premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" this Friday, I can't help but think of all the fabulous queens who are returning. Earning a spot to compete on a season of "All Stars" is no small feat, which means that only the best (and some of my favorite) queens will again grace the runway and workroom.

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Boasting ten regular seasons and soon-to-be four "All Stars" seasons, "RuPaul's Drag Race" has been my favorite television show for about five/six years now. In total, I've seen nine full seasons but am familiar with every queen who's competed since its beginning. Each season, I find myself becoming obsessed with a new slate of queens and rooting for the next best queen to take the crown.

As each new season rolls around, I'm constantly reminded of the greatest life lessons drag has to offer.

Good things come to those who work for it

"RuPaul's Drag Race" offers some of the fiercest, toughest competition on prime time television. While some people may think Drag is a fun, light-hearted hobby, those people would be incorrect. The constant effort that must be maintained in the competition, as well as outside, is a tall order. The amount of time spent getting ready, alone, is a challenge. However, the glitz and glamour are only half of the requirement. As performers, drag queens must refine a multitude of skills, such as comedy, immaculate lip-syncing, and mesmerizing choreography. In essence, drag queens are asked to be the jack-of-all-trades. After watching the queens work tirelessly to improve themselves in some area or another, I always feel inspired to improve myself to the best of my abilities. No, we can't all be the best at everything, but we can always be better.

Life imitates art/Art imitates life

Originating from roles in William Shakespeare's plays, drag has been said to be an acronym for "dressed as a girl." With its roots based in theater, it's not hard to trace the evolution of drag across all areas of performing arts. From the makeup, the costumes, and the wigs to the personas and the personalities, drag queens incorporate art into every aspect of their craft. As someone who actively seeks creative outlets, I fully appreciate the variety of creativity that the queens bring to the table. Some are masters of impersonations, some have vocals that could rival Ariana Grande, and some could oust top competitors of "Project Runway." Every facet of drag calls for artistic talent, and the queens never fall short of delivering.

Do what you love (and what pays the bills) 

Making it as a drag queen, while there is more visibility and a bigger platform now, is a whole-hearted commitment. "RuPaul's Drag Race" represents the culmination of years of hard work and preparation. Some queens will audition for countless seasons before getting their chance to grace the main stage. During those off years, these queens keep their schedules maxed out with gigs and appearances to provide for themselves. In reality, it's a career. Just like in any other field, uninhibited ambition must be the guiding force to truly excel and rise to the top. I appreciate the tenacious attitude the queens approach drag with. Failure and setbacks are inevitable for everyone, but the humble beginnings most queens start with make for great testimonies once they've hit their stride.

Sisterhood 

It's true that there is no one shadier than a drag queen. Whether it's a fiery "read" or witty comeback, drag queens will put and keep anyone in his or her rightful place. Even the workroom of "RuPaul's Drag Race" can be filled with tension every now and then. However, as quickly as the queens bicker, they also make up. Not only are their feuds usually short-winded, but they also often lead to the budding of new and close friendships. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer," right? Even then, some queens get along from start to finish. Either way, the closeness that develops between the queens is that of an idealized sisterhood. Plus, they share wigs and clothes just like any other sisters would; well, maybe not wigs.

Accept others and yourself

This is probably the best life lesson and example that's come from watching "Drag Race." In the midst of many seasons, queens will often come forward to discuss their struggles with acceptance, whether from society or family. With these emotional, and oftentimes difficult, discussions comes an outpouring of support from fellow queens. Being that many of the queens face similar upbringings and experiences, they easily identify with the discrimination harbored against them. What's uplifting in all of the heaviness of their past experiences is the acceptance they offer each other. Not only do they accept each other, but many have also reached a place of accepting themselves, as well. Self-acceptance can be hard for anyone. Period. So, the self-acceptance the queens find is the glimmer of hope we can all use from time-to-time amidst our cloudy self-perceptions.

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