Indie Girl Band Receiving Tons Of Backlash & Cancellations After Drummer Defended The Stanford Rapist!

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Always stick by your friends — oh, unless they turn out to be rapists…

An indie band by the name Good English recently learned that lesson the hard way after they were scrapped from Northside Festival, a music festival in Brooklyn, after the group’s drummer defended the Stanford rapist, Brock Turner.

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As you probably have read, there was a TON of backlash over Brock’s sentencing earlier this week when he was only given six months in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl behind a dumpster.

Well, Good English’s drummer, Leslie Rasmussen, just happens to be childhood friends with Turner and decided to write a letter to the judge of the case defending the 20-year-old saying:

“I don’t think it’s fair to base the next 10+ years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges anyone against him. I am not blaming her directly for this, because that isn’t right. But where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists.”

We’re not exactly sure if Leslie understands how cause and effect works because if he wasn’t a rapist, he definitely would NOT have committed rape.

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Rasmussen’s letter continued:

“This is completely different from a woman getting kidnapped and raped as she is walking to her car in a parking lot. That is a rapist. These are not rapists. These are idiot boys and girls having too much to drink and not being aware of their surroundings and having clouded judgment.”

OH! We get it! So by her definition, rape ONLY happens when it’s planned. That must mean stealing, assault, and murder all work the same way?

As a result of the INCREDIBLY ignorant letter, the music fest took to Twitter to announce:


Sure it sucks for English and their fans that they won’t be playing anymore, but we TOTALLY understand where Northside is coming from.

We mean, regardless of whether you think Rasmussen’s argument is totally ignorant, there’s the question of safety with that many angry people in one place.

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Since the news broke that the band was dropped from the festival, among other rumored shows, the band released a statement on their Facebook Page — which has since been deleted — saying:

“Two months ago, I was asked to write a character statement for use in the sentencing phase of Brock Turner’s trial. Per the request of the court, I was asked to write this statement in an effort to shed light on Brock’s character as I knew it to be during my childhood, adolescence and young adulthood when I interacted with him as a classmate and friend. I felt confident in my ability to share my straightforward opinion of him and how I knew him. I also felt compelled to share my deep concern over the misuse of alcohol that was a well-established contributor in this case. Beyond sharing my personal experience with Brock, I made an appeal to the judge to consider the effect that alcohol played in this tragedy.

I understand that this appeal has now provided an opportunity for people to misconstrue my ideas into a distortion that suggests I sympathize with sex offenses and those who commit them or that I blame the victim involved. Nothing could be farther from the truth, and I apologize for anything my statement has done to suggest that I don’t feel enormous sympathy for the victim and her suffering.

Perhaps I should have included in my statement the following ideas that explain my perspective on the complexities of what may have happened. As a young female musician who has spent years (since I was in fourth grade) performing as a drummer in live music venues, clubs, and bars with my two sisters, I have had the unique opportunity to observe over 10 years of public American drinking culture and the problems that invariably arise through alcohol misuse. I have watched friends, acquaintances and complete strangers transform before my eyes over the course of sometimes very short periods of time, into people I could barely recognize as a result of alcohol over-consumption. I am currently 20 years old. I have made these observations through sober eyes. I have been repeatedly reminded by my family and coached by police to hold my personal sobriety closely and seriously because of the industry I work in and the risks to my own life that I could face as a young woman playing regularly in venues across the country where alcohol is served.

Additionally, I have grown up and currently reside in a university town that is affected every year by the tragic consequences resulting from undergraduate students’ excessive enthusiasm for binge drinking. Student arrests, violence, injuries, and sexual assaults occur with some regularity, and I have often wondered why this culture continues to thrive seemingly unquestioned and unchecked.

There is nothing more sad than the unnecessary, destructive and enormous toll that overuse, misuse and abuse of alcohol and drugs play in people’s lives, and I don’t think my effort to point this out in confidence to a judge while commenting on Brock Turner’s character, as the sober person I knew him to be, was an irresponsible or reckless decision. Unfortunately, due to the overzealous nature of social media and the lack of confidence and privacy in which my letter to the judge was held, I am now thrust into the public eye to defend my position on this matter in the court of public opinion. Now, my choices to defer college to write and play music, to finally introduce 10 years of hard work to a national audience while working consistently and intentionally on my own personal and professional integrity, has led to an uproar of judgement and hatred unleashed on me, my band and my family.

I know that Brock Turner was tried and rightfully convicted of sexual assault. I realize that this crime caused enormous pain for the victim. I don’t condone, support, or sympathize with the offense or the offender. I was asked by a court in California to provide a character statement as a standard and necessary part of the sentencing process. I believe that Brock’s character was seriously affected by the alcohol he consumed, and I felt that the court needed to consider this issue during their sentencing deliberations.”

We get that Leslie SAYS she’s not trying to victim blame, and she’s trying to do damage control for her band now, but she might have wanted to proofread that first letter to see that she was CLEARLY coming across as at least slightly sympathizing with Brock.

Oh yeah, and in her makeup letter, she probably should have avoided pointing fingers at “American drinking culture” as part of the problem as well.

Then again, the second letter hasn’t really helped much as the group had to — at least temporarily — delete their FB page and their album is getting absolutely TORN TO SHREDS in the review section of Amazon.

What do you think of the backlash over Leslie defending her childhood buddy?

[Image via Good English.]

Jun 8, 2016 3:32pm PST

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