The band Good English has been axed from Brooklyn-based Northside Festival after one of its members came out in support of the former Stanford swimmer convicted of raping an unconscious woman.
Leslie Rasmussen, drummer in the Dayton, Ohio-based trio, along with her two sisters, is a childhood friend of Brock Turner. She wrote a letter to Judge Aaron Persky defending her friend, who was recently sentenced to six months in prison.
The judge who issued the comparitively light sentence has been condemned by victims advocates, as has Turner's father, who has portrayed his son as having suffered greatly for what he referred to as "20 minutes of action."
"Brock is not a monster," Rasmussen wrote in her letter to the judge. "He is the furthest thing from anything like that, and I have known him much longer than the people involved in this case. I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten + [sic] years of his life on the decisions of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him."
Since her letter was posted in full online, several venues where Good English was scheduled toi perform have cenceled their shows; Critics are calling Rasmussen a "victim shamer," a "rape sympathizer," "rape apologist," "rapesplainer" and "stupid."
Fans took to Northside’s Facebook page, sending a flurry of angry posts urging the festival to drop the band.