"These comments are completely unacceptable and contrary to our deeply held values and beliefs that music is for everyone and to be enjoyed by all."
Overnight, organisers of UNIFY Gathering festival in Australia have announced that I Killed The Prom Queen will no longer be appearing on their 2019 line-up.
I Killed The Prom Queen were announced as a part of the line-up for the 2019 event as a one-off performance with the original members of the band, exclusively for UNIFY Gathering.
The festival reacted to the immediate backlash to the announcement of their line-up 24 hours prior, where a number of fans recalled the sexist comments made by frontman Michael Crafter about women in music two years earlier.
In response to criticism faced by UNIFY for the lack of gender diversity on their 2017 line-up, Crafter waded in to the discussion with his opinion on the original facebook post which has since been deleted.
In a statement posted by UNIFY Gathering overnight, they acknowledge that the comments made by Crafter "fall well short of today's community standards". You can read their full statement below:
"Today UNIFY Gathering has made the decision, with the backing of band members, to remove I Killed The Prom Queen from the lineup for Unify Gathering 2019.
We made this decision because historical comments made on social media by former member Michael Crafter, who was to re-appear as guest singer of I Killed the Prom Queen for their one- off 2004 nostalgia set. These comments fall well short of today’s community standards and were considered deeply offensive to many people within our music community.
These comments are completely unacceptable and contrary to our deeply held values and beliefs that music is for everyone and to be enjoyed by all.
We want to create a culture of positive change within the music industry and it’s our responsibility to call out unacceptable behaviour wherever we see it.
UNIFY is committed to ensuring a safe place for anyone and everyone who wants to enjoy music. This is why we jointly launched the ‘Your Choice’ initiative, aimed at addressing cultural issues and harmful behaviour within the music festival landscape.
On reflection, we acknowledge that Michael Crafter shouldn’t have been chosen to appear at Unify Gathering 2019. We’d like to acknowledge that the members of the band have been really open and helpful in this conversation, and we wish them the best moving forward.
For anyone that would like to make an enquiry about their ticket, please email [email protected]"
Following the announcement of their removal from the festival line-up, Crafter took to Twitter to make a statement of his own:
Two years ago and plenty of time years previously, I said a lot of dumb stuff online to troll, cause drama and bait people to piss them off. Things I said then are not a reflection of who I am today, as two years is a long time.— Michael Crafter (@Crafterxxx) August 9, 2018