Kitty Pryde calls Danny Brown Triple Rock incident "an actual sexual assault"
Kitty Pryde performing at Triple Rock on Friday
Photo by Erik Hess
Danny Brown's show last weekend at the Triple Rock, in which a member of the audience allegedly performed oral sex on him, has opened up a discussion about onstage sexual assault. Brown's tour mate and friend Kitty Pryde has written a lengthy piece on Vice's Noisey music blog on the incident, referred to as "The Thing," which fleshes out several of the arguments she made on her (since-deleted) Tumblr in the days following last Friday's concert. Portions of her comments were quoted by Gimme Noise in our report on the incident.
Pop music performers of either gender have received unwanted advances from audiences for years, and Pryde alludes to being attacked by members of a crowd in Vancouver earlier this year. In her essay, Pryde asserts "'The Thing' was not a thing that Danny facilitated--it was an actual sexual assault, and somehow nobody gives a fuck about that but me." See Also: Danny Brown's Triple Rock show sparks unseemly oral sex controversy
Titled "My Thoughts on This Whole Danny Brown Oral Sex Thing," the piece provides several thought-provoking points in the aftermath of a story mostly told by blurry photos and video captured on cell phone cameras and passed around the corners of Twitter and social media.
The topic spread widely when Kendrick Lamar asked Brown about it, and got this as a response.
Kitty describes the types of female fans who flock to Danny Brown shows and pledges her support for most of them. She stands by Brown as her friend, and astutely notes that this incident has polarized his fans into "one side thinking he's way more awesome than they should, and the other thinking he's an awful misogynist and hack." She refutes graphic accounts of the night that appeared on Reddit suggesting that he facilitated the reported assault, and argues that Brown was put in a lose-lose situation when the girl allegedly took advantage of him.
He would've had to either pushed her face or kicked her, and even the most gentle of either motion would immediately be labeled "abuse" by anyone watching. Guys pushing girls is not a good look when people are taking photos.
"I'm mad that even though they know exactly who the girl is, nobody in the media will even talk to her," she writes. In the case of City Pages, this isn't true. As of this posting, no personal information about the individual involved has been released to us, nor has it showed up in a public record like a police report.
To get the full breadth of her argument, you should just go read her post. But at the end, Kitty writes, "unfortunately I'm sure this girl will never be brought to justice anywhere besides my stupid Tumblr."
If there was a sex crime committed at the Triple Rock, Minneapolis Police are best equipped to bring a suspect to justice. According to Sgt. Stephen McCarty, who covers the First Precinct where the Triple Rock is located, there were no sexual assaults reported there on the night of April 26.
The proper step for involved parties to take would be to call the Minneapolis Police tip line at 612-692-8477 or submit an online police report. There are plenty of us in this community and beyond who take the safety of everyone inside a concert venue -- onstage and off -- quite seriously.
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