Due to claims of sexual misconduct against vocalist Win Butler by four people, Feist has ended her tour with Arcade Fire. Can be read Leslie Feist’s complete statement for quitting the time below. The Canadian band started their “WE” tour earlier this week despite Butler being the subject of sexual assault claims (all of which he has denied), and they kicked off the UK and Ireland portion of their tour in Dublin on August 30.
Feist started the event as scheduled, but she pledged to give all the money she made from her merchandise sales to the Women’s Aid organization in her community. The singer has since announced via Instagram that she “can’t continue” with the tour and won’t be continuing. “I never came here to support or stand with Arcade Fire. I came here to assert myself on a stage where I’ve come to believe I belong and have earned my right to call my own, Feist remarked.
“I perform for my band, my crew, their families, and the families of all of us, as well as the audience members who fork over their hard-earned cash to participate in the synergy that is a show. “I know how fortunate I am to be able to travel the world performing songs about my life, my ideas, and experiences and have it be my work since the ebb and flow of my triumphs, failures, and other decisions affect all of our livelihoods. I never considered that a given.
My experiences include the same ones as the several people I have spoken to since the news first broke on Saturday and the numerous strangers I may only be able to contact through this letter, or not at all, she said. Each of us has a unique experience that falls somewhere along a scale from essential toxic masculinity to pervasive misogyny to actual physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual assault.
“This circumstance impacts our lives and speaks to us in a way that is particular to how we absorb things. When you have experienced any of those above, there is no way to heal, and there is no way to rehabilitate the offenders. Making sense of unfair treatment can be a solitary journey. I can neither leave nor stay to address that problem. But I’m unable to go on.
The singer said, “I’m imperfect and will imperfectly make this decision, but I’m sure that the greatest thing I can do for my band, crew, and family is to withdraw from this tour, not this discussion. “I’m claiming my responsibilities now and going home,” she said in her closing remarks. In a statement, Arcade Fire said, “We are extremely sorry to see Leslie leave home, but we understand and accept her decision,” in response to Feist, according to Consequence.
Last Saturday, when Pitchfork released an investigation wherein four people accused the frontman of “inappropriate” behavior, reports of Butler’s alleged sexual misconduct first surfaced. Butler responded to the accusations with a lengthy statement of his own, saying that while “these relationships were all consensual,” he was “extremely sorry to anyone I have affected with my behavior.”