Architects frontman Sam Carter and his band were performing at Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands when Sam spotted something that absolutely outraged him. He saw one fan sexually assault a female fan while she was crowd-surfing during a song. The singer wrestled with whether or not to pause the performance and address what he had just witnessed. Ultimately, Sam took to the audience and delivered a powerful message about how disgusted he was with that kind of behavior. Of course, nothing happens without our cellphones and video-streaming these days, so a few users captured the moment and posted it on their profiles. We know you’ll want to see/hear what Sam had to say.
— NPO 3FM (@3FM) August 18, 2017
The singer starts by saying, “So, I’ve been going over in my f***ing mind about whether I should say something about what I saw during that last song.”
He then relays what he saw: A member of the crowd grabbing at a woman’s breast while she was crowdsurfing. He doesn’t call out the fan who attempted to sexually assault the woman, but he does say, “I saw it. It’s f*cking disgusting. And there’s no f***ing place for that s***…”
“It is not your f***ing body,” he continued. “You do not grab at someone. Not at my f***ing show… Let’s keep this going, let’s keep this a f***ing safe place for everybody, and let’s have a f***ng good time.”
Yes — a safe place. That’s what we all want for our concert-going experience.
Sam’s powerful message moved the audience and the Internet. Many women wrote in about unfortunate incidences of sexual assault that have occurred while they’ve been cutting loose and enjoying a concert. They praised the singer for calling out the despicable behavior and for letting the audience know that he won’t tolerate it.
As someone who has been sexually harassed /inappropriately touched at a concert before this means a lot to me. Thank you xx
— rebekka (@danixKneazle) August 18, 2017
good on u for calling it out, so tired of some men thinking they're entitled to grope women simply for daring to enjoy their time at a show
— rei (@sadcrisis) August 19, 2017
— Jordan Willis (@JordanWillis18) August 18, 2017
We’re so glad you did say something, Sam! Your message is one that can’t be said enough. “It’s not your f***ing body. You do not grab at someone.” Thank you.