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A Brockhampton Fan Thought Fabricating Harassment Claims Would Combat Fake News

There’s no way to ‘sugar’ coat it.

Early this morning, a Brockhampton fan took to Twitter to clarify some screenshots and posts she had made. In the Tweet, user @aliciaxcxles said, “As some of you have already figured out, the allegations made against Ciaran (also known as Bearface) are all fake. The first tweets that came out 6 days ago, the ones from 4 days ago and the screenshots on my acc.” 

The user had previously taken to the social media to try and accuse the boyband member of misconduct, alluding to grooming behaviour. She outlined her reasoning, saying: “I have been in the (Brockhampton) fandom for about 3 years now and every now and then we see (people) freaking over anonymous “allegation” tweets that could literally be made up by anybody.” She continued saying that the fandom would  “immediately (cancel) members without even the slightest bit of proof.”

For context, a few of the Brockhampton members have been accused of misconduct before and notably, one member, Ameer Vann, was removed from the band from sexual assault accusations that appeared on Twitter. 

The user continued, saying, “Someone could make up a whole story and fake dms in 10 mins (exactly what we did) and some yall will still believe it without any doubt and go on retweeting it, calling a young innocent man a predator (exactly what yall did)… We wanted to spread awareness on fake news and how easily it can be made to seem real but we didn’t know what to do to get people to hear us out.”

But, what this user failed to realise was that Twitter is all that some accusers have. Throughout the #MeToo era, Twitter has been a platform for victims to accuse their abusers and be heard, as proving assault legally can at times be quite difficult. Sadly, what this Twitter user has ultimately done is throw false accusations to the wind, damaging Ciaran’s reputation and subsequently damaging the validity of actual accusations.

The Twitter user continued, “We know this isn’t something to joke about and that spreading false information is toxic… this past week we’ve felt (really) guilty about what we started, but I feel like this was the only way to spread awareness.”

Sadly, this “spreading awareness” has simply done more damage than good. The original “fake news” posts have already been screenshotted and spread around the depths of the internet and now that this user has deleted her reasoning, many people may still believe these accusations.

The user continued their justification.

Further, those who know of this clarification are now forced to contemplate if any of the other accusations are also fake. All that these Tweets have done is make it that much harder for accusers to have their story be heard and believed. 

If you, or anyone you know, is a victim of sexual assault contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

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Here’s A Bunch Of Aussie, Queer Artists To Add To Your Mardi Gras Playlist

Mardi-YAAASSS.

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival kicks off tomorrow, which means you’ll be going gay clubbing, like a lot. While the parade doesn’t start until the end of the month, there’s still a whole bunch of performances and events that’ll be coming to a hotspot near you. As a result, we know you’ll be listening to a lot of iconic pop music to get you in the mood.

Speaking of gay icons, we discussed the Gay Man’s Choir’s tribute to Laura Dern on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

And while you should definitely have Cher, ABBA and Arethra Franklin on your Mardi Gras playlists, the festival is always a good excuse to discover some new, queer artists that are singing about queer stories. So, here’s a bunch to get you started:

Cub Sport

In this Brissy band, the frontman (Nelson) and keyboardist (Netterfield) are married, making for one sweet, sweet discography. If you want to hear the most romantic song of all time, I definitely recommend you check out ‘Party Pill’ where the two duet, singing about the first time they met. 

Ms Blanks

Ms Blanks is a Brisbane rapper empowering the trans-community with bop after bop. Each single she drops is politically charged with the aims of shedding a light on gender and racial inequality in Australia. I guarantee you, chucking on ‘Good Good D’ will get anyone onto the dancefloor.

Collarbones

After meeting on a post-rock online forum, these two have been making music for over a decade now. Their most recent album, Futurity, is their best to date. Be sure to add ‘A.I.’ to your playlists, it’s the ultimate, techno party-starter. 

Montaigne

In an interview with Frooty, Montaigne discusses her queerness, saying: “Representation is very important to me. But I also don’t want it to be ‘this person is queer’. I want it to be ‘this person is queer, and all these other amazing things’.” Well, Montaigne is not only a queer artist that’s pumping out amazing pop music, but she’s also going to representing Australia at this year’s Eurovision competition. Couldn’t get more iconic than that, hey? 

Imbi The Girl

This non-binary artist makes the most introspective music out of any artist I know. Their vulnerability, coming through their melodic rap, is so extremely captivating, one listen simply isn’t enough. If you’re looking for a tune to get you started, for sure get into ‘swell’ and enjoy the subsequent deep dive. 

G Flip

Since the first time we heard G Flip’s voice, we haven’t been able to stop listening. Her love songs about her girlfriend are pure pop perfection. Personally, whenever I try to deep dive into her discography, I get stuck with ‘Drink Too Much’, it’s too good to not be repeated. What are you waiting for? Go stream this producer, drummer and vocalist right now!

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Hey Reading And Leeds Festival, Female Artists Also Exist, You Know?

Ever heard of 'em?

The highly-anticipated line-up for 2020’s Reading and Leeds festival has just dropped and it’s quite shocking.

Sure, there are some big names, like Stromzy, Liam Gallagher and reunited Rage Against The Machine, but that’s not what has us shook. One quick glance of the line-up has the internet asking, where on earth are all of the women? 

Out of 92 names billed on the first Reading and Leeds poster, only 20 are women. Not to mention, three of those names are mixed bands. Factoring into account the number of people in all the bands, the line-up is made up of just 21% female artists.

If it couldn’t get any worse, it’s almost as if women have been pushed to the one stage this year. The festival republic has most of the female acts, leaving very little women on the main stage. 

If you’re a fan of iconic female artists, make sure you check out our analysis of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl performance on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Sadly, there are no female headliners, with only one female act on the main stage, per day. Those acts include the incredible R&B up-and-comer, Mabel, the alt-rock phenomenon, Bloxx, and the ultra-fast, fierce rapper, Lady Leshurr.

Lady Leshurr looking for other female acts like…

There is a chance that more women could be added to the line-up when they release more names, but to be honest, it doesn’t look likely. Ultimately, Leeds and Reading festival have notoriously been male-dominated, as are a lot of other festivals

So, if you’re planning on heading to Europe this summer, don’t go to Reading or Leeds, hit up more progressive festivals like Primavera Sound. This Barcelona-based festival doesn’t skimp out on non-male acts, striving for a 50/50 split and calling it the “new normal”.

If festivals like these are actively choosing not to support non-male acts, the choice is simple, don’t go. 

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