While the music world is still yet to have its full-fledged #MeToo moment of reckoning, there have been a few instances where an artist has actually faced consequences as a result of their actions—though unfortunately, nowhere near enough. One of the reasons that rock music’s abusers and harassers remain unscathed is because the myth of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll is still often seen as an acceptable excuse for this behavior.
Most recently, Chicago rock outfit, The Orwells split up amid a mounting list of disturbing sexual misconduct allegations. The victims of the three accused members of the band may never see justice, feel fully comfortable at a show again or recover from their horrible experiences, but as Paste contributor Justin Kamp reported, Chicago is now supporting organizations to prevent something like this from happening again and fans are realizing the power of their voices on social media to call out abusers, crowdsource for shared experiences and pressure venues, festivals, promoters and fellow bands to disassociate themselves with abusers.
One of the most disheartening things about instances like The Orwells is a segment of their fanbase condoning the band’s actions because they think the myth of “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll” somehow gives bands a hall pass to be terrible human beings and commit crimes against innocent victims.