Another day, another horrific report of sexual assault at a mainstream music festival. Bråvalla Festival in Sweden happened over the weekend where big name artists such as Mumford & Sons, The 1975 and Bastille all performed for the crowds. According to the Swedish site The Local, and unbeknownst to the headliners, it has been reported that at least 35 assault allegations and 5 rapes took place in the crowd.
Zara Larsson, another artist that was on the festival line up, eventually caught wind of a fan who was raped during her set. Here was her FURIOUS response:
(Her tweets are in her native Swedish tongue... so brace yourselves for a rough translation.)
Fyfan för dig som helt skamlöst våldtar en tjej i publikhavet. Du förtjänar att brinna i helvetet.— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) July 1, 2016
Translation: "F*ck you who shamelessly raped a girl in the audience. You deserve to burn in hell."
Fy fan för er killar som får tjejer att känna sig osäkra när de går på festival. Jag hatar killar. Hatar hatar hatar.— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) July 1, 2016
Translation: "F*ck you for making girls feel insecure when they go to a festival. I hate guys. Hate hate hate."
Jag orkar inte fler som påpekar "inte alla killar" eller "jag är minsan en duktig kille, jag våldtar inte"— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) July 1, 2016
Translation: "How am I supposed to take it seriously when you say 'not all men', 'I'm a nice guy', 'I dont rape'?"
Vad gör då alla "snälla killar" när tjejer blir våldtagna? Är ni helt enkelt bara för upptagna med att berätta hur snälla ni är?— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) July 1, 2016
Translation: "Where does all the "nice guys" go when girls are raped? Are you too busy telling women how nice you are?"
Det är inte fucking jobbigt att blir generaliserad. Det är jobbigt att känna sig osäker på en festival där man ska ha kul och njuta.— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) July 1, 2016
Translation: "It's not f*cking hard to be generalised. It's hard to feel insecure about a festival where you just wanna go to have fun and enjoy."
MEN DET KAN FOLK INTE PGA KILLAR. USCH.— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) July 1, 2016
Translation: "BUT YOU CAN'T, BECAUSE OF MEN. UGH."
People have to realize that generalizing a privileged and a socially powerful group is harmless— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) July 1, 2016
Zara is not the first musician that has brought this serious issue to the forefront of the conversation. We've also spoken at length about the importance of safety, for males as well as females, at gigs and festivals. Back in November, British band Slaves also experienced a similar happening at one of their shows.
Following the reports, twitter account GirlsAgainst tweeted a poll which revealed that 91% of the people who voted said 'No. Security were not doing enough to ensure the safety of young female fans.'
Do you think security at gigs take sexual harassment seriously enough?— Girls Against (@girlsagainst) November 16, 2015
In an age where the majority of fans at the front of crowds are women and young girls, more needs be done to prevent this kind of disgusting occurrence.
Tweet translations via ONTD