Feist announced Thursday that she is pulling out of Arcade Fire’s European tour – which she and her band headlined – following allegations of sexual harassment against Win Butler.
Feist explained her decision to drop out of the trip after two shows in a lengthy statement on social media, revealing that she first learned of the allegations against Butler on Saturday after she and her band had already toured Europe for the tour. Despite the allegations, Feist opened the first concert of the tour in Dublin, but donated proceeds from merchandise sales to a local women’s aid organization.
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“This has sparked a conversation that’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than my songs, and it’s certainly bigger than any rock ‘n’ roll tour,” he wrote. “Staying on the tour would symbolize that I was either defending or ignoring the damage Win Butler had done and leaving would mean I was the judge and jury.
In a statement to Rolling rockArcade Fire addressed Feist’s decision to leave the tour, saying, “We are very sorry to see Leslie go home, but we fully understand and respect her decision.”
Continuing her own statement, Feist acknowledged that dropping Arcade Fire’s tour would also have a financial impact on the band and its crew. “I was never here to support or be with Arcade Fire – I was here to stand on a stage, a place I’ve grown to feel like I belong and have earned as my own. I play for my band, my crew, their loved ones and all our families, and the people who pay their hard-earned money to share space in the collective synergy that is a show.”
“My experiences include the same experiences as the many people I’ve spoken to since the news broke on Saturday, and the many strangers I may only be able to reach with this letter or not at all,” he continued.
“We all have a story within a spectrum ranging from initial toxic masculinity to pervasive misogyny to actual physical, psychological, emotional or sexual assault. This situation touches each of our lives and speaks to us in a language unique to each of our processing. There is no single path to healing when you have endured any version of the above, nor is there a single path to rehabilitating the perpetrators. It can be a lonely road to make sense of abuse. I can’t solve it by quitting, and I can’t solve it by staying. But I can’t go on.”
On Saturday, many women appeared in one Rake detail Butler’s alleged sexual harassment, which ranged from sexual assault to unsolicited sexting. While Butler admitted to the extramarital affairs, he responded that they were all “consensual”. “I categorically deny any suggestion that I forced myself on a woman or asked for sexual favors. This simply, and unequivocally, never happened,” Butler wrote.
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The report was published just days before Arcade Fire’s European tour began, forcing Feist into this predicament. finally he decided it was best to leave.
“I’m imperfect and I’m going to walk imperfectly in this decision, but what I’m sure of is that the best way to take care of my band and crew and my family is to walk away from this tour, not this conversation,” He wrote. .
“The last two nights on stage, my songs made that decision for me. Hearing them through that lens was inconsistent with what I’ve worked to clarify for myself throughout my career. I’ve always written songs to express my own subtle struggles, to strive for my best, and to take responsibility when I need to. And I’m claiming my responsibility now and I’m going home.”
This story was updated on 09/01 at 3:22 pm. ET with Arcade Fire’s statement.
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