Not all heroes wear capes, in fact some wear muscle tanks and are covered in tatts.
ARCHITECTS frontman Sam Carter, for instance, is being called a hero after he stopped the band’s gig at Dutch music festival Lowlands to call out a gross sexual assault he saw going down in the mosh pit.
After witnessing a female fan getting groped while crowdsurfing, the metalcore dude paused the show to spit venom at the perpetrator and take a passionate stand against sexual harassment.
“I’ve been going over in my fucking mind about whether I should say something or not about what I saw in that last song, and do you know what, I’m gonna fucking say it,” he tells the crowd in video footage of the incident that’s been captured by a Dutch radio station.
“I saw a girl, a woman, crowdsurfing over here, and I’m not going to fucking point the piece of shit out who did it, but I saw you fucking grab at her boob, it is fucking disgusting and there is no place for that shit.
“It is not your fucking body, it is not your fucking body and you do not fucking grab at someone,” he continues. “Not at my fucking show. So if you feel like doing that again, walk out there and fuck off and don’t come back.”
To cheers and applause from the crowd, he wraps up: “Let’s keep this going, let’s keep this a fucking safe place for everybody, and let’s have a fucking good time.”
What a legend.
Watch Carter’s whole speech in the clip below.
It comes after a similar incident recently occurred at a Circa Survive show in the US when guitarist Brendan Ekstrom stormed offstage to protest a sexual assault he saw going down in the pit.
The subject of sexual assaults and live music has been in the spotlight a lot lately. Overseas, a ‘man-free’ music festival is being planned in Sweden after a wave of sexual assaults led to the cancellation of the country’s Bråvalla festival.
While here in Australia, musicians, festivals, promoters, labels and venues have all united to launch the ‘Your Choice’ campaign aimed at keeping live music events safe spaces (building on work already completed by the likes of Victoria’s Sexual Assault Task Force), after Laneway Festival launched a dedicated hotline for reporting sexual assaults as part of Camp Cope’s #ItTakesOne campaign to combat anti-social behaviour at gigs.
If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732, while Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.