A performer and a quantity of dancers just take the stage through the 2019 Purple Fest at Western. (YouTube)

Warning: there is some graphic language in this posting

Western University’s students’ council (USC) is gearing up to host a massive tunes party future semester, but in the wake of studies of sexual violence on campus, some are warning organizers to think carefully about which performers they guide for the get together acknowledged as Purple Fest.

“We are really on the lookout ahead to commencing the procedure of organizing our bigger gatherings in the second half of the year,” said Callista Ryan, the USC’s vice-president of communications and community affairs.

Purple Fest began as a sanctioned function a quantity of a long time ago to attract students away from partying on Broughdale Avenue, but was cancelled the previous two decades for the reason that of the pandemic.

The students’ council has not established a date for the 2022 function or secured a location, although organizers verify they are taking into consideration relocating the occasion off-campus.

A spokesperson for Western suggests so considerably, the school has not been approached by the USC to collaborate on the event.

A$AP Rocky was scheduled to carry out at Purple Fest in 2019 inspite of an assault charge. But the performer was unable to attend citing visa problems. (College Students’ Council (USC))

Who really should conduct?

The USC has not invited any performers, but organizers stated they’d be achieving out to students to see who they’d like to see on stage.

At the past event in 2019, A$AP Rocky was invited to conduct, but for the reason that the rapper was facing an assault demand in Stockholm, he was not able to get a visa to go to. One particular of the performers who did appear on stage that 12 months was rapper Boogie wit da Hoodie, whose lyrics for his music ‘My Shit’ include the lines:

Acquired my bitch a Louis bag now, she could brag now
Acquired my bitch a Birkin bag now, she a brat now

Now I’m sitting down in the club in a various bag now
Newborn, when I pick it up, you gon’ set that ass down
Notify ’em you you should not give a fuck, toddler, spin that ass ’round

“These are not types I specifically want to see learners pursuing,” reported WG Pearson, chair of Western University’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies office. “It would be very good if we could have a much more mental discussion about what goes on with situations like Purple Fest.”

WG Pearson is the chair of Western University’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies department. (Western University)

Pearson reported they don’t oppose Purple Fest outright, but encourages learners and organizers to feel a lot more critically about the back links in between misogyny and the messages they consume in pop lifestyle.

“I do not consider it really is a really challenging to attract a line involving those people two points,” they said. “You might be inundated with misogyny from the people that you might be listening to and you start to consist of that in the way that you assume about the women in your personal everyday living.”

Pearson also worries about how girls are perceived throughout the performances, as numerous of the acts in the earlier have included woman dancers donning pretty couple of outfits. “It’s clearly sending a message close to ladies and sexuality that people absorb,” they stated. 

“I am not confident that it is really worth keeping an party if all it is really likely to do is validate a misogynist culture.”