It’s 2022 and men still have the audacity to disrespect women.
One of the latest artists to speak out on this is The Marías’ vocalist, María Zardoya, who was allegedly violated by Brandon Fried, drummer for the American band The Neighbourhood. He was fired.
María Zardoya spoke out on an uncomfortable situation with The Neighbourhood’s drummer
“I was at a bar last night, and I was groped under the table by Brandon Fried, the drummer of The Neighbourhood. It was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever experienced,” Zardoya posted on her band’s Instagram story.
She continued: “I felt an invasion of my space, privacy and body. Ya’ll need a new drummer, this guy is a complete creep.”
another creep on the neighborhood, disgusting
a huge hug, healing and solidarity to maria from the marias pic.twitter.com/6VVf4mKdbb
— n ⋇⋆✦⋆⋇ (@darlingmocha) November 13, 2022
The Neighbourhood responded to Zardoya: “We are grateful to María for coming forward. We have zero tolerance for any kind of inappropriate behavior toward women. As a result of Brandon’s actions, he will no longer be a member of the Neighbourhood.”
Fried apologized and cited his problems with “alcohol and substance abuse.” He says his actions were “inexcusable and intolerable,” and not who he is but rather a “reflection” of who he becomes while under the influence.
The importance of accountability
Zardoya is strong in stating what happened.
Unfortunately, sexual harassment is common in the music industry – and it can lead to creators feeling small in this industry. Last year, a USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study cited that “almost two-thirds of female creators identified sexual harassment or objectification as a major issue” when it comes to why women are underrepresented in the music industry. Those surveyed also noted that it was “by far the most widely-cited problem.”
So, where does this leave our femme creators? We have to give them the space to feel comfortable to speak out about these dark situations that may arise. But why and how is sexual harassment still an ongoing issue we constantly hear about in the entertainment industry?
It’s unfortunate that Zardoya had to go through this – but we are relieved that the American band did something about it right away.
We send Zardoya light and peace after this situation.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support and love, I appreciate it so much,” Zardoya wrote on her band’s Twitter. “I hope all the women who have had sh*t like this happen to them find peace. Love u all.”