Maggie Rogers has hit back at audience members who sexually harassed her during a concert.
The 25-year-old singer, who released her first album Heard It in a Past Life earlier this year, was performing in Austin, Texas, when she reported hearing a man in the audience yell: ‘Take your top off’ during one of the show’s moments of calm and reflection.
Another man then joined in, adding another yell of: ‘You cute though.’
‘I was stunned,’ Maggie wrote in a heartbreaking Notes app screenshot she posted to Twitter after the event.
‘Furious. Fuming. Confused. And also – on a really basic level – it really hurt my feelings.’
She continued: ‘I step on stage every night and give every part of me. And my community shows up every night and together, we create a safe space to amplify each other. To allow relief. To allow release. There’s a deep amount of trust there.’
‘I step on stage every night with a deep reverence for the stage, my craft, and the privilege that is making music for my job. I’ve been writing and producing music for 10 years – my body is my greatest tool for communicating that work.’
Setting clear boundaries, the Burning singer continued: ‘I want to use this moment to be moment to be very very clear. There is no space for harassment or disrespect or degradation of any kind at my show.’
‘Be kind to each other out there,’ she ended the message.
‘I am so sorry this happened to you Maggie,’ one wrote. ‘Infuriating on many levels, but none more so than men feel they have the freedom to do this.
This point was echoed by YouTuber Tyler Oakley, who said: ‘Infuriating. You deserve better than that. I’m sorry.’
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