Feist leaves Arcade Fire tour after sexual misconduct claims against frontman | Feist

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Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist, known mononymously as Feist, has announced that she will be leaving a tour with Arcade Fire following allegations of sexual misconduct against the band’s frontman, Win Butler.

A Pitchfork investigation published last week alleged that the 42-year-old singer-guitarist of the Canadian indie rock band was abusing age differences and fandom with four people; three women, aged 18 to 23 at the time, are said to have sent unwanted sexual messages between 2015 and 2020.

A fourth gender-smooth person claimed Butler sexually assaulted them twice in 2015, when they were 21 and he was 34. Pitchfork reviewed screenshots of text and Instagram messages between Butler and the four pseudonymous subjects, and interviewed friends and family members who recalled themselves that they had been informed of the alleged incidents.

Butler denied the claims, saying the relations were consensual, adding in a statement, “It’s deeply revisionist, and frankly just wrong, that someone else is suggesting.”

“In a pub in Dublin, after rehearsing with my band, I read the same headline as you,” Feist wrote in a lengthy statement on her social media accounts. “We didn’t have time to prepare for what was to come, let alone a chance to decide not to fly over the ocean, in the belly of this situation.”

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“This has been incredibly difficult for me and I can only imagine how much harder it has been for the people who came forward. Most of all, I wish those involved healing.”

She added that the Pitchfork article “ignited a conversation bigger than me, it’s bigger than my songs and it’s definitely bigger than any rock and roll tour… Staying on tour would symbolize that I was either defending or ignoring the damage caused by Win Butler and to leave would imply I was the judge and jury.”

The 46-year-old singer said she was “never here to stand for or with Arcade Fire – I was here to stand on my own two feet on a stage, a place where I’ve come to feel I belong and I have earned as mine.

“There is no single path to healing if you have endured a version of the above, nor a single path to rehabilitating the perpetrators,” she said. “It can be a lonely road to understand poor treatment. I can’t fix it by stopping, and I can’t fix it by staying. But I can’t go on.”

Following the allegations, radio stations in Canada and the US began removing the band’s songs from playlists. Social media commentators urged fans to boycott upcoming concerts in Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and elsewhere, with many surprised that the tour went ahead at all. Asked for comment by a Guardian reporter at the band’s concert in Dublin this week, a publicist for Arcade Fire only said the band would be continuing its tour to promote their new album, We.

In her statement, Feist distanced herself from public embarrassment, which “could trigger action, but those actions are made out of fear, and fear is not where we find our best selves or make our best decisions. Fear does not create empathy or healing.” , nor to open a safe space for this kind of conversation to evolve, or to offer real accountability and regret to the people who have been injured.”

In a statement to Pitchfork, Butler, who is married to bandmate Régine Chassagne, admitted to having had sexual interactions with each of the four people, but said they were not initiated by him and were consensual.

In a further statement, he apologized “to everyone I’ve hurt with my behavior”, adding: “I continue to learn from my mistakes and work hard to become a better person, someone my son can be proud of. to be. […] I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware of and attuned to the effect I have on people – I screwed up, and while it’s no excuse, I’ll continue to look ahead and heal what can be healed, and learn from experience from the past. ”

Feist noted that she is “imperfect” and will “navigate this decision imperfectly,” Feist concluded that “the best way to take care of my band and crew and my family is to step away from this tour, not this one.” The last two nights on stage, my songs have made this decision for me, hearing them through this lens was not in line with what I’ve been trying to clear up for myself throughout my career.

“I’ve always written songs to name my own subtle difficulties, to strive for my best self, and to claim responsibility when needed. And I now claim my responsibility and go home.”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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