For musician Leslie Feist, the cost of choosing withdraw from his planned US tour with Arcade Fire will outweigh the huge financial burden.
His decision follows the publication of sexual abuse allegations against Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, the result of a media investigation dating back to 2015. Butler quickly denied responsibility (“I continue to learn from my mistakes… I f—ed up”, was part of the meager excuses provided in a hollow apology) and continued to perform with Arcade Fire despite Canadian and American radio stations removing the band from the rosters. of reading.
Feist will now, perhaps forever, be asked to justify going on tour, backing out of touring, and how she did or didn’t do the right thing by victims of alleged sexual abuse.
This situation is far from extraordinary, and it is an enigma that we must stop ignoring as media and as a civilized society. Women must stop being held responsible and held accountable for men who have taken advantage of their notoriety and popularity to sexually or physically exploit and abuse women, men and minors.
Feist’s public statement regarding his choice was articulate and heartbreaking. She admitted she was caught off guard and would “make this decision imperfectly”, but she would not remain silent. “The best way to take care of my band, my team and my family is to step away from this tour, not this conversation,” she said.
Feist has released five albums in over 20 years. The 46-year-old Los Angeles-based Canadian has wowed critics, won numerous awards and just this year was thrilled to work with cinematographers, set designers and an eclectic group of instrumentalists to present her “Multitudes ” to the live audience. Now reporters will harangue her for talking about Butler rather than more than two decades of hard work.
This tour was to be his most intimate with the public, his biggest series of performances to date. From its carefully configured post-lockdown performance, she told Variety earlier this year“It was kind of a soft ‘hey, come back here. You’ll be safe here, not like jumping into an icy lake, but like a kind of relaxation. Those subtleties were quite powerful, because already with people sitting together next to others, their bodies buzzed with self-awareness.”
Self-awareness. Imagine if Butler cared a bit about showing some of that. Instead, it is overflowing with rights, privileges and bluster.