Lauren Tate from Hands Off Gretel pleads to fans “Stop sexualising myself and my bass player”
In a quote from Lauren’sFacebook Page “Dear guys that come to my shows. Please stop kissing my cheek. Please stop sexualising myself and my bass player. Please let girls stand at the front more. Please be more aware that I really don’t want to be touched or told I am sexy. I am a MUSICIAN and I get messages and comments all day from men about myself and my female bass player being sexy or eye candy or some bullshit and it honestly kills my soul and makes my eyes roll into the dirt. I’ve seen ‘band’ posters cropped with just myself and Becky in them used to promote shows! Can you imagine how it feels to be the guys? It’s shite! SOOOO… To all the guys that respect personal space, genuinely love my band for my music and let young girls stand up at the front I really really thank you. You have no idea how much it means to myself and many female musicians when we are valued for our skills and seen as equal to the guys in bands on the same bill. Please note that a lot of girls stand politely and smile when they’re skin is crawling in so many situations it’s mental. We just want to be valued and respected. AND WE REALLY REALLY NEVER EVER EVER EVER WANT TO BE KISSED or touched all over believe me!”
We as gig attending humans need to work together to out such behaviour and support the artists, they shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable.
Lauren posted this follow up which isn’t good reading.