Fans of the British heavy metal band Architects have been put on alert: Keep your hands to yourself.
During a concert last week at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands, lead singer Sam Carter saw something from the stage that angered him: A man in the crowd grabbed at the breast of a woman as she crowdsurfed.
During a break between songs, an angry Carter used up almost all the world’s f-words when he called out the aggressor.
“I've been going over in my f***ing 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 f***ing say it,” he said, according to The Independent.
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“I saw a girl, a woman, crowdsurfing over here, and I’m not going to f***ing point the piece of s**t out who did it, but I saw you f***ing grab at her boob, it is f***ing disgusting and there is no place for that s***.
“It is not your f***ing body, it is not your f***ing body and you do not f***ing grab at someone. Not at my f***ing show. So if you feel like doing that again, walk out there and f*** off and don't come back ... let’s keep this a f***ing safe place for everybody ...”
Carter has been being widely hailed for his stand.
“Form an orderly queue behind us to shake Sam Carter’s hand,” wrote Britain’s Metro, which noted the incident happened in the same week Taylor Swift won a case against former Kansas City DJ David Mueller, who she said groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013.
A London-based organization called SafeGigs4Women – which works with venues, promoters, artists and fans to fight sexual assault and harassment at live music events – tweeted that “we need more bands to do the same.”
Carter is the latest entertainer to warn fans about unseemly behavior.
(Note to fans: They can see you from the stage.)
Brendan Ekstrom, guitarist for Circa Survive, walked off stage – then later returned – during a concert in St. Louis on July 21 when he saw a man harassing a woman in the crowd.
“Quick note to those who were at the show last night. I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’ve never walked of stage during a song before,” Ekstrom explained in a series of tweets.
“For almost a whole song I watched a guy stand a row behind a girl flirting and then trying to kiss her. It was hard to tell what was really happening. At times she seemed ok with his advances but after the second time of watching her push his face and hands away and try to turn back to watch the show I asked the security guard to go check on them. He couldn't see what I was pointing to and it was still happening I left the stage and walked straight for them, my mind an emotional blur. Security followed me.
“The man seemed dumbfounded when I showed up as if nothing was wrong. I don’t know what happened after. I went back to stage to finish the show. Security took it from there. I didn’t see them again after that ... what I saw from stage was disturbing to me and completely removed me from the mindset I need to be on stage. It wasn’t cute. It was alarming. I’m almost forty and flirting doesn't look like that. Maybe It’s that I have a daughter or that I’m older ...
“I Really don't know but it made me furious to watch a girl forcibly remove someone's hands from her body multiple times.”