boiler room is on a crusade against online misogyny
Following a storm of sexist comments about Glaswegian producer Nightwave, the underground music project has promised that things will get better 'with immediate effect.'
Sexism in music is terrible, sexism on the internet is even worse, and the comments section of underground streaming project Boiler Room are evidently where tolerance goes to die. Yesterday the company posted a set from Nightwave on their Facebook page, praising the Glaswegian producer who "beautifully merges footwork and ghetto-tech with Glaswegian beats." While the crowd was clearly loving it, the commenters were less focused on the music and more focused on the fact that Nightwave is a woman. The sexist opinions eventually got so bad that Boiler Room took to Twitter to address the problem — noting that this special brand of misogyny appears to proliferate on the internet.
"Talking smack on genres or tech is whatever, lame but part for the course. Misogyny / transphobia / racism / anything else personal is 10000% unacceptable," they wrote, promising that things will get better "with immediate effect."
In an email to FACT, Boiler Room's host and programmer, Gabriel Szatan, said the service is still working out exactly how sexism and other types of hate speech will be addressed. However, in separate comments to Twitter followers, the project spoke of plans to hire moderators to watch the comment section and "shut down the abuse."
"We obviously can't just shut down any comment when someone is like, 'They fucked up that mix, that song is shit' but we can't allow straight up vile transphobic, misogynistic, racist things to carry on," said Szatan. "We're scratching our heads on determining how to monitor it but we know that today is the line in the sand. It [will be] difficult, but that's not to absolve ourselves. As the biggest live streaming company in the underground that should stand [up] for its liberal values, we know now that it's our responsibility to lead the field."
It's awesome that Boiler Room wants not just to stop hate speech on its own page, but to set a much-needed precedent for others in the industry. Though perhaps the best response came from Nightwave herself:
Text Hannah Ongley
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