Well, as if being homophobic and sexist weren’t enough, now hip hop group Odd Future has a member accused of assaulting two members of the press.
Venues Today reports that, during the group’s set at Voodoo Fest, Odd Future member Vyron “Left Brain” Turner slapped two photographers in the pit to photo their set: the first an unidentified male photographer and the second freelance photographer Amy Harris.
The incident occurred after Turner and Tyler The Creator decided to rant about their dislike of photographers…apparently including photographers legitimately there to photograph them during their set. Apparently, the rant was about how it was unfair that photographers got to be up front during shows because the fans “deserved” to be there. Originally it was reported that the members of Odd Future had ordered photographers to clear out “multiple times” but the current story is that “Turner immediately exploded into his vile hatred of photographers with a long string of obscenities,” and then attacked the photographers.
Odd Future has issued the following statement:
There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet. Its no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes their fans would have instead. After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times (as they’ve done before) Vyron (Leftbrain) took a swipe at a few cameras, NOT people. To manipulate the situation to insinuate an attack on a woman specifically is careless and manipulative.
Odd Future Booking Agent Carter said he was “really, really sorry” about what happened. When asked if he thought the attack would enrage women’s rights groups, Carter said “I’ve been hearing from them for the entirety of my working career with the guys. Unfortunately these incidents happen. They happen with everyone.”
Mr. Carter, let me tell you something: I know people who have been in photo pits for years and have never once been purposely assaulted by the band performing on stage. Do “things” happen? Yes. Jumps are misjudged. Spit flies (thank you very much Chris #2 from Anti-Flag). Crowd surfers kick you in the back of the head (thank you very much, unnamed Warped Tour attendee). But being PURPOSELY ASSAULTED BY A BAND MEMBER? That isn’t something that just “happens.” Especially not to someone who is there, with permission, to photograph your sexist, homophobic band.