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YOUR DEMISE

Posted by Anna On November - 5 - 2012

Nachdem sie bei der Show in Hannover an Halloween als “Scheichs” verkleidet und geschminkt die BĂĽhne betraten, mussten sich YOUR DEMISE nun mit Rassismus-VorwĂĽrfen auseinandersetzen. Reagiert hat die Band darauf mit einem umfangreichen Statement als Entschuldigung und der AnkĂĽndigung, Spenden, die in den nächsten sieben Tagen bei den Organisationen Love Music Hate Racism und Unite Against Facism eingehen, aus eigener Tasche zu verdoppeln.

Das Statement:

“A lot has been said about us in the past 48 hours, in response to our Hallowe’en costumes. We have been accused of being racists, an abhorrent label which we want to fight against, because we have never and will never be racists or intolerant of other cultures. We as a band have spent the last few years touring all around the world, meeting fans from as far afield as Indonesia, Japan and Thailand, and enjoying not only the support and hospitality of the people of these countries, but also the diverse cultures on offer.

What we are sincerely sorry for is the thoughtlessness of our actions when choosing our ill-conceived costumes, and for our clumsily worded initial apology, which we totally understand did not put across our respect for the situation correctly.

We did not intend to offend anyone with our costumes, and they were not put together with any malice or ill intent. However, we absolutely acknowledge that we were insensitive not to think twice about what we were doing and the potential offence that we could cause.

In a nutshell, we were silly boys being silly boys, but we now wish to treat this situation with the level of maturity and respect it deserves. Rather than just issue an empty apology, we want to put our money where our mouth is. We have contacted Love Music Hate Racism ( lovemusichateracism.com ) and their sister charity Unite Against Facism ( uaf.org.uk ) to set the ball rolling on a fundraising campaign.

What the response to this incident has shown us, is that racism and prejudice are clearly very important issues to our fans and the music scene as a whole, and so we will match every donation over ÂŁ1 with ÂŁ1 across a 7 day period, with the total raised to be split between the aforementioned charities. We are still in process of setting up the relevant official donation pages, but we will post details here asap.

Rather than allowing this negative situation to fester further, we are looking to turn this response into something positive and constructive, because racism is absolutely something that should not be tolerated. Actions speak louder than words, so rather than berating us with insults and accusations you can help us make up for our mistake and hopefully make a bit of a difference in the process.

Ed, Stu, Oz, Jimmy & Tailby”

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