Bloodstock festival director apologizes for transphobic comment

Vicky Hungerford, festival director behind longtime British heavy metal event Bloodstock Open Air, apologized for making a transphobic comment online.

Although the remark has since been deleted, MetalSucks revealed that Hungerford on Thursday (October 14) used social media to show her contempt for the practice of specifying her favorite pronouns, saying she would delete all emails that came to her. would be addressed.

In a suite explanation On Twitter, Hungerford said the post represented his “escape frustration that some people now think they MUST sign with a pronoun, not necessarily just because they want to. I apologize for the way I do it. I said and how it came to be. I’m a compassionate, kind and inclusive person and to me that’s an important part of what the metal community is or should be. “

In a previous tweet, hours before the more substantial apology, she noted, “So it looks like my last tweet offended people and that was NOT my intention, I deleted my tweet because some people were upset and I NEVER meant to upset anyone! “

The original offensive comment, according to MetalSucks, read, “If you’re going to start putting pro names on your email so that I can call you like he / him, I’m filing your emails…” (Binning is a term that can be used to mean to throw something in the trash.)

Apparently, Hungerford shared screenshots of the same insult on their various social media pages. On Instagram, where her account is currently private, she added, “Don’t notice it’s my opinion, my choice just as it is for people to use pro names.”

Despite his caveats, Hungerford’s remark was unequivocally transphobic. Transphobia can take many different forms, including “disbelief or ignorance of preferred pronouns or gender identity,” as the Planned Parenthood website explains.

Hungerford apparently has a habit of making similar comments, as MetalSucks showed in a screenshot of a 2018 article where she allegedly said, “For goodness sake can we all STOP with this? this genderless bullshit !! “

In response to her post on Thursday, those who manage Bloodstock’s Twitch account have stopped broadcasting. “As a community and festival, we strive to be welcoming and support people’s choices,” they said. “We… have decided that it would be inappropriate to air tonight – and for the foreseeable future – as if nothing had happened.”

Bloodstock entertainment director Paul Watling – who specifies his pronouns on his Facebook page – quit his job in protest. “You CANNOT promote an inclusiveness festival without including EVERYBODY,” he said in an article on this platform. “Too bad and frankly despicable.

Others pointed to Bloodstock’s connection to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which aims to “eradicate prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere”.

Hungerford has worked for Bloodstock since 2001. In 2004, she became the festival’s booking manager for all artists on the main stage of the event.

Twitter: @vickyhungerford
Twitter: @vickyhungerford

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