Words cannot adequately express my seething rage and disgust towards the Indy for publishing that story on Justin Williams. The myopic view of a known rapist and abuser as the “tortured artist” is frankly a story I have heard one too many times. Guess what. A lot of people have demons of various kinds--a lot of us have been abused, raped, or humiliated at various times in our lives. Most of us do not turn around and become abusers.
But my purpose in writing is not to demonize Justin, but to call you out, Indy, for publishing a story about this man. And yes, you can say that you tried to contact his “victims” (and who can blame them for not speaking to you) and that you presented a “balanced” story about him. But at the end of the day, we both know that bad press is still press, and you basically shined a spotlight on this dude.
Kudos to the folks at Phuzz Records for canceling Justin’s record (at great expense to themselves), and kudos to all the people in the music scene (Ryan Martin, for one) who seek to create a scene that is safe for everyone.
Shame on you, Indy. You have lost all credibility with this long-time reader.
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