I’ll cut your little heart out, because you made Florence cry.

I’ll cut your little heart out, because you made Florence cry.

Florence Welch is one of the most captivating live performers I’ve ever seen. Not only has she got an amazing set of lungs, but she’s also blessed with a bewitching stage presence. It’s quite a sight to be seen; she runs about, dances, climbs on things, crowdsurfs… well, perhaps not anymore.

A couple of nights ago, Flo was abused by a member of the crowd. Here’s a quote from a witness:

Well I was right at the barrier central so I saw everything….she was stood on the barrier and then she crowd surfed….screamed….got pulled back up and started crying saying she had been touched innappropriately but when she was stood on the barrier I noticed she had about a 3 inch hole in the back of her pants…
Source: Florence + the Machine Official Forum

Doesn’t the thought of it make you feel sick? Someone, who maybe even considers themselves a Florence fan, paid money to see her show, lined up to get a good spot in the crowd… and then violated her. Yes, Flo is a very attractive and seductive performer. No, that does not give you the right to treat her that way. If you really are a Florence fan, then you should have some respect for her.

This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened to a sexually appealing female performer. I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Debbie Harry experienced something similar while in Blondie. And it’s not even limited to women – male performers get groped and prodded when they crowdsurf too.

A little bit of touching is okay – that’s part of what crowdsurfing is all about; feeling the crowd, being carried away in the moment [literally]. If you want people to keep their hands off your arse, then stay on the stage.

But, there is a line, and in Flo’s case, somebody crossed it, and that is not acceptable. Just because she’s a performer, that doesn’t mean she deserves to be sexually abused. How would you feel if that happened to you? I doubt she’ll be crowdsurfing again for quite some time – maybe not ever. We may even find that from now on her live performance is a little subdued, compared to before.

I really hope that Florence is okay. And as for the horrible little excuse for a human being who did this to her, well, I think they need to have a long hard think about what it is to be alive, and whether or not they really deserve such a privilege.

If you missed out on a Splendour sideshow ticket, Florence + the Machine have announced a second show in Melbourne, on the 2nd August at Festival Hall. Tickets go onsale 9am tomorrow.

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