Anyone with even a passing interest in the Canadian media is probably already familiar with the scandal surrounding Jian Ghomeshi, as the radio host has been fired from the CBC in light of accusations of sexual abuse. Yesterday (October 28), Owen Pallett wrote an open letter stating that "Jian Ghomeshi beats women," and now that sentiment has been reiterated in a petitioned signed by some notable Canadian musicians.
The petition is called "Gesture of Love and Support," and it's dedicated to the women directly affected by Ghomeshi, in addition to "survivors of abuse and assault who fear being disbelieved." It condemns Ghomeshi for his "PR attempt" to discredit his accusers and his alleged aim to reroute the conversation away from assault and towards BDSM.
Unsurprisingly, given yesterday's letter, Pallett has signed the petition. Other signees include Fucked Up, members of Constantines (Bry Webb and Steve Lambke), Katie Stelmanis of Austra, Geoff Berner, Jennifer Castle, Simone Schmidt (of Fiver and One Hundred Dollars) and many more.
The petition's statement includes a very definitive "we believe you." As of press time, it has been signed close to 600 times. See the petition and all the signees below, and sign it here.
UPDATE: In a new CBC interview on the program As It Happens, an anonymous woman has come forward with explicit details about allegedly being sexually abused by Ghomeshi. You can hear that interview below.
"Gesture of Love and Support":
To the women who have been directly affected by Jian Ghomeshi,
And to those survivors of abuse and assault who fear being disbelieved,
You should know first that there are so many of us who believe you. We understand why you fear coming forward, and want to offer a counterbalance of public support and understanding. Jian Ghomeshi's tactic of using his massive personal platform as a public figure to preemptively silence and discredit his victims is shameful.
We condemn the PR attempt to make you out to be a "jilted ex" and we see through the deplorable strategy of re-routing a conversation that should be about consent and assault to one about BDSM. No one should be abused anywhere - not on a date, not in a workplace. No one should be intimidated out of coming forward with their own stories.
We believe you.
With love and strength to you, the undersigned:
(First 100 signatures below)
Sojourner Truth Parsons
Fucked Up (band)
Bryan Fletcher Webb
Jessie Lauren Stein
Jessica Nicole Eaton
Kathleen M Ramsay
Aurora Stewart de Pena