#metoo . I shared a post on my personal Facebook and mentioned an experience with street harassment, but I felt I'd be neglectful if I didn't address our own entertainment industry.
This is an industry where I was told that because I was a woman and "pretty" that everyone would assume I was "sleeping around" with the higher ups. Where another person warned that I shouldn't stay too late at shows because people would assume I was sleeping with the artist or crew.
This is an industry where I was told upon being "hired" at a writers management company (in quotes because they refused to pay assistants) that they were "taking a chance" on me because they "never hired girls" (from what I heard, the last girl quit because she got sexually harassed and they felt that necessitated a ban on the entire gender). And then later when I quit (for many reasons but mostly because they were never going to pay me) they were furious and vowed to never hire girls again.
Because God forbid not one but two members of an entire gender stand up for themselves.
This is an industry where a male director can require his next assistant to be female, attractive, and have "nice hands", and nobody bats an eyelash but dutifully adds it to the job requirements. At the time I actually considered whether my hands were "nice" enough to get an interview. Job searching sucks. .
This is an industry where Ke$ha gets blamed for her assault at the hands of her prominent male music producer, and not only is he not fired or shamed but SHE is forced to stay professionally connected with her abuser.
This kind of harassment and abuse IS NOT RARE. But it should be.
If we can get Harvey Weinstein fired, we can put an end to this behavior. If enough of us stand up, and shine a big enough light on this crap, we can create an environment where the abusers are shamed for their actions and not the victims.
If anybody wants to share their experiences, feel free to use the comments below. And if anybody feels the need-at any time, not just when this hashtag runs its course- to talk to somebody who will listen without judgment, please DM me.
2 fantastic girls with great souls and great voices
🎵🎵@ibeyi2 Shot by me for @modzik for their new album "Ash"
Check their interview in the new Modzik ! 📖
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Our Halloween Festival "Luna Azteca" - hosted by Roog Records, will be held Saturday, October 28th from 4-10pm!
This event will feature Specialty Brews, an Outdoor Artist's Market, Catering from Full Metal Burgers, Live Music from Nitelapse, Sights and Sages, Flying Siren, and more!
Aren't pipe organs cool?! I admire anyone who can play. I always thought being a drummer was a challenge until I tried to play pipe organ. I can't play either. Something about 4 appendages independently going is beyond my capabilities. 😜 Anyways, I loved the elegant painting on these pipes from Zoar, Ohio - a feast for the eyes and ears. ❤️