This Band Set Up a Hotline for Fans That Get Harassed at Their Shows

The band Speedy Ortiz posted the following note on their Facebook page ahead of their latest tour. They’ve started a hotline for audience members that experience harassment and other forms of oppression. 

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10 Responses

  1. huh?

    Who dafuq is Speedy Orbitz? Are they doing this because something actually happened at one of their shows or are they just total pussies?

  2. huh?

    Is it being part of the problem to not be part of the feelings police? I have bad news for you, sometimes there may be people who introduce concepts that are unfamiliar and scary to you and there will be nothing you can do about it.
    Seriously, this is akin to the joke article I read in The Onion about a college creating a “safe room” for a student who so bravely had to endure as a professor contradicted their preconceived notions and actually educated them.

    Without thicker skin, you will never make it anywhere in life.

    • GGG

      I mean, there’s a difference between having thick skin and not wanting to deal with racist, sexist cunts…

      Not to mention, “…introduce concepts that are unfamiliar and scary to you..?” We’re talking about pointless harassment here, not like Hari Krishnas or something…

      • huh?

        Okay, but there are people in the world who are racist and sexist. As crappy as they may be, it’s best to know how to tolerate them. Otherwise, you’ll end up feeling like you need to leave important situations sometimes or alienate people who you misunderstand.

        Totally aside from that: I still don’t understand why this orbitz band felt the need to have this kind of statement issued publicly. Are they incapable of bouncing people from whatever place theyre playing at? Have they had issues surrounding this before? Are they just trying to play up how PC they can be for some misguided PR effort?
        I just want to understand the context here and I’m not seeing any.

  3. GGG

    Sure, I guess if you’re fine with just letting assholes walk all over you with no consequence, then by all means, ‘tolerate’ them as much as you want.

    As for your questions, I can’t speak for the band, but 1) it’s probably a PR move to an extent, everything is, 2) no, they are incapable of bouncing people while performing a concert on stage, hence telling the crowd to speak up, 3) as a band with a female in it, yes, there is ample issue surrounding female performers (see: any comment section on anything about Chvrches, for example, or any band with a girl in it for that matter), 4) again, probably somewhat. And 5, it’s Ortiz, not Orbitz. Says it in big letters.

    • Nina Ulloa

      Really? Because taking a stand against misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, etc. will lead to more publicity? No.

      The peanut gallery always comes out of the woodwork.

      • Rickshaw

        Settle down, mamacita. Don’t be so quick to put people down for having an opinion opposite yours. Regardless of the positive nature of the act, you’re saying that they couldn’t have done it for publicity? Cmon, reality check.