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Grimes – “I Dont Want To Be Molested At Shows”

Written by Marc Zanotti on April 25, 2013

Grimes has posted an open letter on her Tumblr page, setting the record straight on an assortment of matters including materialism and sexism. In the letter Grimes writes, “I’m done with being passive” as the Canadian musician pulls no punches concerning the behaviour of peers, media and the public, alike.

In the extensive post, Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, addresses those who attempt to be overtly physically familiar with the 25-year old performer:

“I dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction i dont want to live in a world where im gonna have to start employing body guard”

“I’m tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they’d “fuck” me”

Moving on, Boucher takes on double standards within the music industry where certain expectations and limitations are placed on the young solo artist due to her gender:

“I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked) … if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology”

I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected

The in-depth letter goes on to cover subjects such as Boucher’s appearance, her enjoyment of pop music and fashion, and being dismissed or embraced as ‘cute’.

2012 was a massive year for Grimes behind her smash hit album Visions. Although from an outsider’s perspective it’s easy to imagine the glamour that comes with being a successful artist, Boucher’s letter gives a glimpse of the other side of fame and fortune.

READ: Grimes – I Don’t Want To Have To Compromise My Morals In Order To Make A Living

“i dont want my words to be taken out of context

i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized

i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction

i dont want to live in a world where im gonna have to start employing body guards because this kind of behavior is so commonplace and accepted and I’m pissed that when I express concern over my own safety it’s often ignored until people see firsthand what happens and then they apologize for not taking me seriously after the fact…

I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers

I’m tired of the weird insistence that i need a band or i need to work with outside producers (and I’m eternally grateful to the people who don’t do this)

im tired of being considered vapid for liking pop music or caring about fashion as if these things inherently lack substance or as if the things i enjoy somehow make me a lesser person

im tired of being congratulated for being thin because i can more easily fit into sample sizes from the runway

im tired of people i love betraying me so they can get credit or money

I’m sad that it’s uncool or offensive to talk about environmental or human rights issues

I’m tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they’d “fuck” me

I’m tired of people harassing my dancers and treating them like they aren’t human beings

I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected (I have four brothers and many male best friends and a dad and i promise i do not hate men at all, nor do i believe that all men are sexist or that all men behave in the ways described above)

im tired of being referred to as ‘cute,’ as a ‘waif’ etc., even when the author, fan, friend, family member etc. is being positive

i have so much love for everyone who has been cool and amazing. I have the best job in the world but I’m done with being passive about any kind of status quo that allows anyone to suffer or to be disrespected

Grimes world tour is officially over, the visions album cycle is officially over, and I’m now taking the time to overhaul everything and make it better

much love to every fan – stuff can be lame sometimes but its really cool to have this support <3"

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