Ben Weasel, singer of famed pop-punk band Screeching Weasel, is an asshole. This has been common knowledge for quite some time now as he has burned bridges with label after label, spouted conservative bullshit via twitter, etc. However, his latest antics are the worst yet – vile misogyny, in the form of both physical and verbal assault.
During his band’s recent set, a woman in the audience started throwing ice at him. Obviously, this is completely rude and inappropriate – however, it does not in any way excuse Ben Weasel’s response. Jack Napier, a punk show promoter in Philadelphia who was present at the show, had this to say via twitter:
Just saw Screeching Weasel at South by Southwest , literally could NOT have had a better view of him punching TWO girls. Wow. Seriously.
Girl threw ice for awhile – he found her and offered $20 to [another] girl to beat her up. Told her to come on stage and suck his dick. Then the spit beer on him, and the video starts there.
Todd Martens, a music journalist for the LA Times, reported that the cops were called, but the women had left so no charges could be pressed that night.
Current and former Screeching Weasel label-mates The Flatliners and Paint it Black have both spoken out against Ben Weasel’s violence.
UPDATE – here is the full video:
At 4:40 in, Ben also says, “Get your skanky, whore ass up here.”
No wonder his brain hurts when it’s this full of misogyny.
Update – Fat Wreck label-mates Teenage Bottlerocket and Chixdiggit have dropped out of Weasel Fest, along with The Soviettes, Chinese Telephones, and Kepi Ghoulie.