British rapper Loyle Carner played a gig at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. on Sunday night, but — regardless of how good he probably was — his performance isn’t the reason he’s gone viral.
Carner didn’t take kindly to a male fan in the audience yelling sexist comments toward opening act Elisa Imperilee.
“With the black hat, you,” Carner said to the fan near the stage. “You got to go. If you’re being sexist, you got to go.”
— Y. (@YasminVal_) October 8, 2017
— nelson (@_samuelnelson) October 8, 2017
Carner took to Twitter just after the show to reiterate, “That shit will not be tolerated at any show. He’s been banned from that venue, for life.”
That shit will not be tolerated at any show. He’s been banned from that venue, for life. https://t.co/TK4ouHQgv0
— Loyle (@LoyleCarner) October 8, 2017
Imperilee tweeted her appreciation by saying, “Thanks @LoyleCarner, UEA and audience for support last night,” while posting a lengthier reaction to her Instagram page that you can read in full below.
— Elisa Imperilee (@ElisaImperilee) October 9, 2017
The burden to call out and challenge discriminatory behaviour is nearly always placed on the person facing it and it’s completely unrealistic that they will always be in a position to. As support act I decided to not let it effect our performance or takeaway from the amazing opportunity by ignoring the comment. That’s why what @loylecarner did last night was so important. It sends a strong message that not only is sexist behaviour totally unacceptable but that all of us, including men and particularly those in a position of influence, have an important role to play in challenging and addressing sexism, prejudice and discrimination wherever we see it. The audience came together and collectively condemned the behaviour by identifying the man and I was very impressed with UEAs rigorous zero tolerance sexual harassment policy. It just goes to show how effective it can be when we all work together to challenge misogyny and discrimination in all it’s forms. ——