Ben Hopkins, Mitglied des Queer-Duos PWR BTTM, wurde mit schwerwiegenden Vorwürfen der sexuellen Belästigung sowie Antisemitismus und der Tyrannei der Queer-Community in Verbindung gebracht, in denen es unter anderem heißt, er sei „a known sexual predator, perpetrator of multiple assaults„, (hier nachzulesen).
Ein mutmaßliches Opfer, das anonym bleiben möchte, gab darüber hinaus in einem Interview mit den Kollegen von Jezebel an, mit Hopkins gegen ihren Willen Sex gehabt zu haben.
„I just felt totally powerless in the situation, first due to physicality because they are so much bigger than me in size and also social status. I was trying to be okay with whatever was going on.“
Nun muss sich die Band mit ernsthaften Konsequenzen auseinandersetzen. Sowohl ihr Management, als auch die Labels Polyvinyl Records und Big Scary Monsters sowie die PR-Agentur Fleet Union haben die Zusammenarbeit beendet, außerdem haben sich Bands wie T-Rextasy, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Tancred und iji von ihnen abgewandt. Ihre Musik steht des Weiteren nur noch bei Spotify zum Streamen zur Verfügung.
Das offizielle Statement von PWR BTTM:
Ben and Liv here. We want to respond to some very serious allegations that have been made against Ben. The allegations come as a surprise, but we are trying to address them with openness and accountability. With respect to the image included with these allegations, Ben previously addressed this matter on their/the band’s Twitter in January (ibb.co/dsNRRQ).
Unfortunately we live in a culture which trivializes and normalizes violations of consent. There are people who have violated others’ consent and do not know. Ben has not been contacted by any survivor(s) of abuse. These allegations are shocking to us and we take them very seriously. Further, the alleged behavior is not representative of who Ben is and the manner in which they try to conduct themselves.
To address this matter head on, we have set up an email address through which a survivor or someone working directly with a survivor can discuss the allegations being expressed on social media: email@example.com We are currently looking for a mediator with the necessary qualifications. This will be the only person with access to the account. Ben does not have access to the account, for two reasons: 1) because we acknowledge that certain individuals will not feel comfortable establishing a direct communication link between themselves and Ben, and 2) to protect Ben in the event that a malicious party attempts to use the address for anything but its intended purpose.
Our primary goal here is to ensure that a survivor of abuse has a voice, that their story should be heard and that people who cross the line should be held accountable. What this means for the band, our album, our fans and our upcoming tours is, as of yet, unclear. Music is everything to us, but we feel strongly that this matter needs to be addressed first. Updates forthcoming.
Wie die Zukunft von PWR BTTM aussieht, ist unklar. Wikipedia zufolge war die Band von 2013 bis 2017 aktiv.