Clairo to hire staff to prevent sexual harassment at future headline concerts, wants this to be 'a new normal'
'A few bands and I are working on hiring a specific group of people to look out for assault, harassment, any uncomfortable situation that happens at shows,' said Clairo
Claire Cottrill aka Clairo is taking action against sexual abuse and will keep them in consideration for her future shows. The US singer-songwriter announced on Twitter, June 30, that she intends to recruit "a specific group of people" to help mitigate sexual harassment and offenses for upcoming concerts.
In a series of tweets, Clairo mentioned that after “reading a lot about all of these recent sexual assault allegations within the ‘indie’ scene,” she had been left "completely disgusted." She said, "There's no excuse, the alternative/indie/whatever you wanna call it scene is not exempt from these extremely real problems." Clairo then shared her consideration for her fans' safety and wellbeing at her shows in a follow-up tweet, saying, "I realize i was late to hear about a lot of these. and i still am- so if i'm following anyone who has hurt you, let me know. I want nothing more than to create a safe and inclusive environment at shows, online, and within the music (sic)."
Clairo also went on in the thread to encourage her fans to "please let me know," before adding, "I'm sorry for not knowing sooner."
For her future concert plans, Clairo, said, "A few bands and I are working on hiring a specific group of people to look out for assault, harassment, any uncomfortable situation that happens at shows. We want this to be a new normal, and my headline shows will be doing this from now on."
She then requested, "If any friends are interested in being one of these people when shows pick back up, let me know. shows need to be inclusive and i won't accept anything but that."
Clairo also asked for thoughts from her followers if having special wristbands for those who feel uncomfortable at shows is a suitable idea. "Just seeing if this would be of interest- i saw @rinasawayama did something like this before, but how would you guys feel about having wristbands available to you at the venue if you felt like you needed to be looked out for? say you felt unsafe going to shows in general," she said.
"Could be a way to find protection within the crowd, or find other people feeling the same way about shows," the singer added.
Clairo concluded her messages by saying, "We’ll keep working on it.” She notes, “Yes and no. This could potentially work but we’d need to make sure it’s not putting people in danger as well."
After the release and success of her debut studio album 'Immunity', Clairo is set to release new music in 2020. In April she teased on Twitter that she is working on a new LP with a screenshot of a playlist titled ‘Album 2 (demos so far)’ with the caption "we meet again."