I’m painfully aware that I’m coming across like a stuck record here – but I shall keep doing it for as long as it takes. I would absolutely love to get behind the #ForTheMusic movement, founded by DJ Rebekah Teasdale. I think it’s a brilliant idea and horrendously overdue.
And as much as I try to avoid making things personal on this blog, it’s becoming increasingly difficult not to ask questions about the movement’s founder. Frankly, she gives off the impression of someone who just doesn’t care. Where is the passion for her cause?
Let’s have a look at the most recent thing to come out of the campaign. They came up with the idea of creating a film to raise awareness of what constitutes sexual harassment and what to do if you witness it. As far as ideas goes, it’s a pretty solid one – but then Teasdale expects you to pay for it.
Yes, the public have to fork out the €10,000 required to get this film made. Whilst I don’t object to asking the public if they wish to help out, I strongly object to the fact Teasdale – a highly paid techno DJ – refuses to stump up any money herself. Her name does not feature on the list of donators on GoFundMe – and as far as I can tell, nor do any of their ambassadors.
But the fundraiser did reach its target, right? Afraid not. At the time of writing, only €2,244 out of the €10,000 target has been raised – and the fundraiser was launched five weeks ago. Yet Teasdale and her ambassadors appear to be completely oblivious to how campaigning works, given there are only scant mentions of it online since the day.
Recently, I’ve had a few emails from like-minded people who would like to get behind the #ForTheMusic campaign, but have grave reservations about the lack of leadership Teasdale is providing. For them, their patience has ran out – and if things don’t change, and soon, mine will head the same way…