There's already been quite a stir revolving around Warped tour 2015, and the tour is still months from happening. A lot of the stir has not been regarding the tour itself, or the actual lineup but rather one band.
Some accusations involving sexual harassment and Front Porch Step. A petition has been started to remove them from the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. Supposedly, this one man band, also known as Jake Mcelfresh has had many accounts of inappropriately speaking with underage fans and sending vulgar pictures. Due to this, and the demographics of those who tend to go to Warped tour, people are trying to get them off of the lineup for this year.
Over 11,000 people have signed the petition so far, but Kevin Lyman (Warped tour's owner) has yet to confirm or deny what is going to happen in regards to this act's removal or not. The petition had this to say, "There have been multiple cases of Jake Mcelfresh talking to underage girls and sending them vulgar photos. He has been asked to stop by these girls every time and continues with the sexual statements and harassment. Being in his 20's it is frankly disgusting that Jake is sending nudes and sexual statements to girls that are 13/14. There are screenshots of texts sent by him to one of these girls attached to this petition. We believe that Front Porch Step should not be allowed to play Vans Warped Tour and be given a national venue where he has access to the young girls who attend Warped Tour. We are asking Kevin Lyman and Vans Warped Tour to take Front Porch Step off the tour before something more than sending texts happens. Do not put your fans at risk, Kevin. Thank you all for signing."
While Kevin Lyman has not fully responded to this, and has only really said that he is currently on a holiday vacation and will tell all he can when he returns, Front Porch Step and Pure Noise Records have both spoken up. Front Porch Step's response to all of this is rather vague, so one cannot fully confirm nor deny if the accusations are truthful or not. He wrote this, via his Facebook page on December 31, 2014 at 8:30pm;
"I am aware of the serious allegations and sensational things being posted on the internet about me and my personal life. While this is personally difficult to experience, I am taking the appropriate, meaningful, and objective steps to address the severity of these things and the horrendous words being used. I would truly hope that others who have or will propagate these serious allegations will do the same."
The beginning of his comment appeared to be owning up to huge mistakes he has done in the past, but as he went on, it sounded a bit like it was a vicious rumor and that he is truy innocent. Pictures have been shown though of text messages that are supposedly from him, but is that really enough proof? It could have been faked, and claimed, or it could be geniune. More proof might be needed here. Surely, if this is all true, there is more proof. Someone just needs to be willing to bring it to the surface.
Pure Noise Records acknowledged the truth -that if these aren't just rumors, there are serious legal matters involved. Such things take time to deal with, so honestly people do need to have a bit of patience.
"Yes, we’re aware of the rumors. Due to the serious legal nature of them this will not be handled over night. Thank you for your patience."
What is slightly messed up though is all the responses to these accusations from commentators on Front Porch Step's post regarding it all. There are the expected comments, the ones telling him off, and the ones defending him. The problem is, there's people telling other people to 'just stop breathing', for saying they'll still listen to his music regardless, or telling others they are stupid for questioning the reality of this all. People need to learn how to not put people down for no reason. A musician is not just a musician, they are still a person, but sometimes -you don't have to care about the person behind the music. They can just be there for entertainment, if you choose them to be. Its a sad fact, but it is a fact none the less.
Whether or not all these accusations are true, nobody knows yet. Surely more information will be disclosed soon, and action will be taken, especially if these rumors prove to be false.
Get your input in now, and do it respectfully. There is no sense in insulting others for having a different thought than you.
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