I saw this headline – Josh Homme Kicks Female Photographer in the Head During Show , and it definitely caught my eye. This was originally posted on Pitchfork yesterday. This article talks about Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age kicking a photographer (Chelsea Lauren) during their recent performance – among other strange behavior at the show. Rockstars being dickheads is not a new thing. They often get a pass, because — well, because they’re rockstars. Eventhough I really dig QOTSA, I have to call this out.
Josh Homme issued a tweet apologizing for his actions..
Last night, while in a state of being lost in performance, I kicked over various lighting and equipment on our stage,” the statement reads. “Today it was brought to my attention that this included a camera held by photographer Chelsea Lauren. I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry. I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology.
First off.. let’s see the video.
So watching the video, it appears very intentional to kick this photographer. His apology makes it seems he was knocking stuff over, and oh by the way, accidentally kicked a photographer. This was targeted. And was intentional.
I’m reacting very personally to this. My wife is a professional photographer. She has shot many shows. I’m always concerned about the crowd being rough, etc.. and I really like it when there is a ‘DMZ’ area at bigger shows allowing photographers to have *safe* and close access to the artists. You don’t expect violence from the artist. What upsets me in this video and what this photographer went through.. this person was in one of those areas. This photographer had a ‘photo pass’ – GRANTED by the band to shoot those photos. These photos help promote the band, etc. So why would you kick this photographer? This wasn’t because she wasn’t allowed to be there and shoot photos – and that somehow angered Josh.
Reading the replied tweets to Chelsea even angered me further.. asking for pics of her bruised face, etc. The video clearly shows hard/fast impact to the camera and she goes down. At the very minimum, her camera is damaged. Is that okay? Do you have to have facial damage to justify calling out shit behavior?
What are your thoughts? Comment below…
Now, Josh Homme did a real apology. This is what should have been issued first, but I’m glad he did it. It feels sincere and heartfelt. I’m glad he’s acknowledging he has some issues, which he needs to figure out.
— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 11, 2017