The Canadian rock band, Hedley, has withdrawn from consideration for Juno Awards this year following the cascade of sexual assault allegations against them. Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that the embattled rock stars admitted to engaging in “rock ‘n’ roll clichés” in the past but denied the charges.
But there is a silver lining to the allegations in recent months. The former bassist for Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Auf Der Maur, released a message on Twitter talking about the improvements that have been made in rock music since the 1950’s.
Several iconic music producers and artists took to Twitter to comment on the #MeToo movement and how the world is slowly changing. People are no longer willing to stay silent when someone abuses them while taking advantage of an imbalance of power and social status.
Hedley announced today they would not consider accepting awards this year at the Canadian ceremony, The Juno Awards, due to the misconduct accusations.
Moreover, the band stated they intend to figure out how to move forward. Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that their management team dropped them and radio stations all over North America refuse to play their music.
The band stated they do not wish to be at the ceremony if it “takes away” attention to Canadian music. However, in a relatively shocking turn of events, the band revealed they would not cancel the remainder of their tour dates.
They said the least challenging thing to do would be to hide from everyone, but instead, they will go on the road as usual. Members of the band released a statement last week stating the claims were “unsubstantiated.”
The bands scheduled to open for them, Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams, revealed they would no longer travel with them in light of the charges. As you may know, this is just one of many accusations against people in the entertainment industry recently.