Creeper is currently on a European tour with letlive. and Pierce The Veil. At a recent show, keyboardist and vocalist Hannah Greenwood fell victim to sexism by a male stage manager. She called out the manager on the band’s Facebook page. You can read her statement below:
I want to draw light to something that happened to me tonight.
We’re 3 weeks into our tour with letlive. and Pierce the Veil. After the show tonight, I was helping load the gear out of the building. I had a brief interaction with the local venue’s Stage Manager who was asking us to make sure we didn’t leave any gear in front of the fire exits – I obviously agreed, and said this was no problem.
I then walked past him pushing a flight case out to the trailer helped by RJay (bassist, letlive).
We then proceeded to walk back into the venue, when the Stage Manager steps out in front of me, letting me know I wasn’t allowed back inside. I’d like to add that at this point I have my All Access pass around my neck on a bright green lanyard. The Stage Manager fails to stop RJay who at this point isn’t wearing a pass as he’s literally just walked off stage. Rjay and I had to practically wave the pass in his face for him to let me in.
This isn’t unusual for me to be stopped or singled out being a woman, it’s not the first time this has happened to me on tour with Creeper, so I decide in the moment that enough is enough and call this guy out.
At this point, he’s realised his mistake and holds his hand out to me saying it’s nice to meet me. I proceed to tell this chauvinistic moron that’s it’s not nice to meet him and that what he’s just done to me is ridiculous.
At this point he starts to backtrack saying he’s not sexist and that he works with many women all whilst smiling at me and trying to have a laugh. I refuse his hand shake and walk away. Not wanting to show him how upset I am I go upstairs and explain to some of the others what has just happened.
The Stage Manager then gets hell from our fantastic tour manager and RJay. After trying to weasel his way out of the situation claiming that I had said something to him upon trying to get back into the venue, he comes to the realisation he’s done wrong and apologises.
I am so thankful to be on tour with some of the best people I’ve met, people who I know have my back yet would never treat me any differently to anyone else.
Sexism is not on. No woman should ever be made to feel that she cannot do something, because of her gender. No woman should ever be treated the way I have been this evening.
Oh, and this photo’s for you.
What’s perhaps the worst part about all of this, is the backlash Creeper is receiving for having even mentioned the incident. In an interview with Alt Press, Creeper vocalist Will Gould says:
“[The backlash has] gotten really out of control,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of support for it, but a lot of people were angry that it was even mentioned.
And that’s why no one talks about these things, because when you do, this is what happens.”
You can read more of what Gould had to say here.