The Orwells cancel hometown show in Chicago as fans outcry over sexual harassment
As soon as the news about a November gig broke, outraged fans and users took to social media to denounce the concert, alleging abuse and harassment.
Chicago based garage-rock band, The Orwells have found themselves at the bitter end of a social media controversy after multiple Twitter users made allegations of sexual harassment against the members of the band.
The charges, mostly serious in nature, were raised following a concert announcement, featuring the Orwells, by the Chicago music venue, Metro.
As soon as the news about a November gig broke, outraged fans and users took to social media to denounce the concert, alleging abuse and harassment at the hands of one or more members of the Orwells. Amongst those mentioned in the allegations are band members, Mario Cuomo, Grant Brinner and Henry Brinner. As the number of charges mount up, some users have even started a Google document, gathering accounts of harassment from the accusers.
There is no room for this in Chicago (or any scene) https://t.co/f5ji3TzzWf— Modern Vices (@ModernVices) August 27, 2018
In the light of this controversy, however, it has emerged that The Orwells have canceled the hometown show. The decision was seemingly made after the band denied all the accusations, labeling them as "baseless" and "unfounded".
Out of respect to our friends at the Metro we will be cancelling our November show. All ticket buyers will be refunded immediately.— The Orwells (@TheOrwells) August 27, 2018
"It’s come to our attention that certain allegations of abuse have been made against one or more of us on social media and in social circles of Chicago. We’d like to first state that sexual abuse in any form is abhorrent. We do not take these accusations lightly and consider this matter incredibly serious. We emphatically deny these baseless allegations brought as a personal attack against us," they said in a statement, according to Paste.
"While callow altercations and vulgar language we’ve used in the past must be recognized and owned up to, the accusations of sexual assault are completely unfounded. No member of this band has ever acted without consent or maliciously taken advantage of anyone. We encourage anyone who’s been affected by sexual abuse to speak up and make their abusers known; however we also encourage everyone to be cautious of the things they read and say on the Internet."
The statement added, "No victim of abuse should be hesitant to make their voice heard and if someone does feel that we’ve hurt them, we encourage them to contact us properly and privately (not via social media or anonymously), as to respect their identity."
if anybody has anything to add, any stories to share, my dms are open. Your voice deserves to be be heard. https://t.co/NQyXttBWXZ— Emma🤠🤡 (@emma_sobes) August 26, 2018