The Forget Fyre Festival – Woodstock ’99 is an original class on how not to host a large-scale musical event. Aside from just infuriating a bunch of rich kids with squalid accommodation and lackluster bread, the makers of Woodstock ’99 were unable to meet basic requirements, such as security, sanitation, and hygiene. public welfare – to the point where attendees literally burned it to the ground (with candles provided to them by staff, of course).
Younger generations are now discovering through Netflix’s new three-part documentary series Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, in addition to piles of trash, lack of sanitation, water (unless the $12 bottled type) and staff to Keeping everything contained and safe, event organizers readily allow women to be groped, harassed, assaulted and raped by all kinds of crazy boys.
Artists as well as attendees have a need to “express” [their] breast”; women in the crowd are attacked and surrounded by men; Skimming the crowd is used as an excuse to catch up on emotions. In short, it’s brutal.
After this event, a number of rape allegations surfaced. In a contemporary Washington Post report, an attendee named David Schneider detailed an attack he witnessed in the mosh pit on Korn’s set.
“I saw someone push this girl down the mosh pit, a very thin girl, maybe 90 to 100 pounds,” he said. “Then a few men started undressing her – not so much above her but her bottom. They pulled her pants down and they were trespassing on her, and they went back and forth with her. Five guys raped this girl and had sex with her. “
A 24-year-old woman from Pittsburgh testified that in the setting of Limp Bizkit, two men attacked her with their fingers and “some kind of foreign object,” before one of them raped her.
In the Netflix documentary, the rave hanger’s production director also detailed how he discovered an unconscious, naked teenage girl in the back of a van that had been driven into the crowd on the set of Fat Boy Slim. She needs immediate medical attention.
Addressing incidents in a particularly gut-wrenching interview, the event’s promoter, John Scher, didn’t just hint that female attendees decided to go topless or slip through the crowd in some way. requested to be violated and dealt with, and then he attempted to rationalize the number of reported rapes.
“Woodstock is like a small city, you know?” He says. “All things considered, I’d say there’s probably going to be more or more rapes in any city of that size… but it’s not anything that’s motivating enough for it to cause. out any problem spot, except, of course, the women it happened to. “
Viewers have – quite rightly – expressed their outrage at Scher’s offensive and obscene comments. But what bothered me even more was the documentary’s treatment of the subject matter. Not only limited to less than five minutes, making it like a footnote to all the other debauchery and violence, the show’s producers made the positive decision showing women being harassed. and assault, without any warning or attempt to protect their identity.
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It is something to condemn the event organizers for their complete lack of foresight, care and compassion, and condolences to them for not keeping the women in attendance safe. event. But it’s like lip service when the series itself is taking advantage of these very women and shading the subject matter.
These women deserved more then and they deserve more now. Imagine, 23 years later, witnessing yourself being assaulted on screen. Imagine that incredibly disturbing moment unfolding not only in front of you and your loved ones, but also for the world.
Even for those who didn’t attend Woodstock ’99, these images are hard to see and hard to watch. For women who have experienced similar violations and assaults, it’s incredibly nerve-wracking.
It is of course important to raise awareness of these issues and shed light on these dark moments in history, it is paramount that those affected are at the beginning and the center of the story. . Netflix can and should do better.
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