What is it with pop punk/emo bands and going after underage girls and consequently being accused of sexual misconduct and grooming?
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It seems to be happening all the time and I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised giving the lyrical content of some of the bands involved in these allegations. The latest group to be called out on their behaviour is whiney pop punk brats Simple Plan, who you may remember from the early 2000s and their songs like ‘Addicted’, ‘I’m Just A Kid’ and a cover of the Scooby Doo soundtrack. Legends of the scene apparently.
Anyway, like so many of their peers it turns out that their bassist David Derosiers was a creep who was bombarding young girls with demands for group sex. The allegations first appeared on an Instagram account and within 24 hours Derossiers was kicked out of the band, with both he and Simple Plan releasing statements on the matter:
— Melissa (@kidrauhlmontrea) July 9, 2020
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Des déclarations publiques récentes m’ont fait reconnaître que certaines interactions que j’ai eues avec des femmes leur ont causé du tort. J’ai donc pris la décision de me retirer du groupe et d’aller chercher de l’aide professionnelle afin de m’éduquer et d’agir de façon appropriée à l’avenir. Je suis vraiment désolé pour le tort que j’ai causé à ces femmes. Recent public statements have led me to acknowledge that some of the interactions I have had with women have caused them harm. I have decided to withdraw from the band and seek professional help to educate myself and act appropriately in the future. I am truly sorry for the harm I have caused to these women.
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Suite à des déclarations publiques récentes, David Desrosiers se retire du groupe afin de travailler sur ses difficultés personnelles. Nous présentons nos excuses les plus profondes aux femmes qui ont été blessées par ses actions. Nous sommes également désolés pour tous nos fans qui sont déçus de cette situation regrettable. En tant que groupe, nous prendrons le temps de faire une pause, réfléchir, et mettre en place des lignes directrices afin d’éviter que de telles situations se reproduisent. Following recent public statements, David Desrosiers is withdrawing from the band in order to work on his personal issues. We offer our deepest apologies to the women who were hurt by his actions. We are also sorry for all our fans who are disappointed by this regretful situation. We will, as a band, take time to pause, reflect and put in place guidelines to prevent similar situations from happening.
I mean that’s kind of a vague accusation there, but good on Simple Plan and I suppose Derosiers too for addressing it head on and probably in the right way. Not sure if that’s really the best apology from Derosiers or Simple Plan, but I think you’ve gotta give them props for taking action within 24 hours of these accusations coming out and blowing up on social media.
There are still so many pop punk bands like A Day To Remember that haven’t even bothered to address serious accusations against their members and are just bowling around like nothing’s happening and they don’t need to have a serious look at their behaviour, so it’s kind of refreshing that Simple Plan have taken such swift action on it.
Hopefully other bands in the scene follow their example, but I can’t really see that happening, can you? Just so toxic and screwed from the bottom up really. Butt rips sound so gross.
For more of the same, check out when it turned out William Control was the head of a worldwide sex cult. Crazy.