Banner Pilot, who are scheduled to play Weasel Fest, have just released a statement via their tumblr letting everyone know that while what Ben did was “disappointing and uncalled for,” they think he deserves a second chance and will not be backing out of Weasel Fest.
In their own words, “it’s also by all accounts an isolated incident.” Maybe they should add Chris Brown to the show.
They also claim that, “In his 25 year career there is no history of him hitting or hating women.” I don’t know about you, but when I find out someone assaulted a woman, my first thought isn’t “Okay, but this is AN ISOLATED INCIDENT! he hasn’t done this before!” Not to mention the fact that people are willfully ignoring the alleged reason that the woman started throwing ice cubes at Ben Weasel in the first place – the fact that he was saying fucked up, sexist shit on stage. Even if you think what he did was okay in punching a woman for throwing ice at him, he ALSO punched another woman who did nothing, he ALSO called a woman a “skanky whore,” and last but certainly not least, he has proven himself to be extremely transphobic.
Supporting someone who not only physically assaulted two women but also said such terrible, bigoted things, publicly, right in the open where you can see the evidence, about someone being a transgender woman? It’s not like Ben Weasel was just talking shit on someone who happened to be transgender. He was actively being transphobic, and I’m extremely disappointed in Banner Pilot for their decision to support him regardless of whether they knew about that, as they were aware of him assaulting two women either way. I respect the fact that they don’t want to let down fans who wanted to see them play, but they just let down their transgender fans big time with this one, as well as all women, period, and it’s very troubling to see a band I loved/respected make this decision.