I have never been more ashamed of country music fans than I am right now.
Ashamed and, honestly, infuriated.
just because there was an alleged rape happening on the lawn at a Keith Urban concert
near Boston. But because there were, according
to the Boston Globe, onlookers.
Onlookers. Bystanders. Witnesses. Essentially, people watching this violence
happen to a 17-year-old girl. And even worse, they were seen taking photos and videos of the rape.
The newspaper is
reporting that an 18-year-old man was allegedly "on top of the victim on the lawn at the Xfinity Center as bystanders took
photos and videos of the alleged assault on their cellphones," according to police reports.
What finally stopped the
attack was another female concertgoer, who pushed the man off the victim. He has since been arrested.
That same Saturday
show (July 26) was the one reported
on earlier, where ambulances from five different communities had to come and take 22 people to area hospitals and more
than 50 people were taken into protective custody.
What I always want to know in a case like this is who is raising
these kids? Who is giving them the idea they are so invincible, that the rules don't apply to them?
And would anyone
think any kind of assault -- sexual or otherwise -- would make a good video? What kind of an audience will actually watch
this incident and think, "LOL"?
When these kinds of people put videos like this on social media, do they think the
rest of the world can't see them? Because we can -- and so can the police.
Of course, the overwhelming majority of
country fans are good people who have a sense of pride, decency and self-respect. Unfortunately, all it takes is a few bad
ones to change the way the world views the genre.