Here’s my honest opinion on the Joyce Manor drama. Shows SHOULD be safe for people and a band has a right to stop if they feel people in the audience are acting inappropriately. They do not have to keep playing. The degree of that safety should be a topic of discussion as things like stagediving have been an integral part of punk/hardcore since its inception (not to imply JM falls into those categories, but rather a historical observation).
What I take particular issue with is when a band claiming to maintain a “safe space” at shows feels justified in handling a stage diver by grabbing them from the crowd and forcibly dragging them on stage, and continuing to touch them on stage without their consent (attempting to take a swing at them) and finally condescending to them from behind a mic in front of the entire audience. That is no better than the “entitled” behavior they are trying to abolish.
This shirt is satirical and is meant to illustrate the absurdity in how this situation has been handled, and is being used as a vehicle to raise money for Women Against Abuse in Philly.
If you hate the shirt, that’s fine.
If you think it’s a gimmick, I implore you to donate some money to a women’s shelter in your community.
If you think there should be a serious discussion about ableism and creating safe environments for people at shows, that’s awesome and I hope you’ll invite me to the conversation because it should happen. Touching someone without their consent and shaming them when they don’t have the agency to defend themselves in kind is not what that conversation looks like.