According to the USG Social Committee, this year’s Lawnparties, slated for this Sunday, Oct. 3, will no longer feature the band LANY.
After Paul Klein, the lead vocalist of the band, was accused of predatory conduct, manipulation, and emotional abuse, many students expressed their displeasure with the announcement of the headliner.
Christian Potter ’22 and William Gu ’23, the president and social chair of the USG, sent an email to the undergraduate student body on Tuesday night citing student concerns as the driving force behind their decision.
“The USG Senate and Social Committee promptly took action and began investigating methods to rectify the matter after they learned of the claims against LANY following the headlining announcement this past Sunday,” they stated.
It was agreed on Monday that the best course of action would be to bring in a new headliner for this year’s Lawnparties because of the nature of the allegations.
“The student body will continue to be informed about the selection of a new headline act,” the email reads. They had wanted to reveal the replacement headlining act at the same time as the cancellation of LANY.
We are unable to make an announcement at this time due to the logistical difficulties of locating a substitute artist on short notice,” they added.
The email was signed off by Potter and Gu’s promise to foster an inclusive work environment.
There are no excuses for any sort of sexual misconduct, and we would want to restate that the USG Senate does not condone it.
Creating a safe, just, and inclusive community is at the top of our priority list, and Lawnparties is no exception,” they stated.
“[USG] wouldn’t have considered LANY as a prospective headliner for Lawnparties if they’d been aware of these allegations,” Gu wrote in an email to The Daily Princetonian.
Booking fees for LANY range from $75,000 to $149,999, according to celebritytalent.net.
Several students instantly took to social media after the first headliner announcement to point out that Paul Klein, the lead vocalist of the group, has received several claims of predatory and manipulative behavior, as well as psychological abuse.
One of the first students to express their displeasure with the announcement was Enrique Ziga González ’22 on Twitter.
In an email to the ‘Prince,’ he blasted the US Government for not doing enough to prepare for the incident.
According to him, all it took was a quick Google search and some remarks from friends to realize something was wrong.
In a word, he expressed his gratitude to USG for cancelling LANY’s show.
In his opinion, the presence of these individuals would make pupils feel “extremely vulnerable,” he stated. In light of their accusations, many of which were made by college-aged women, I think that was a bad decision.”
He said that many pupils find the scenario emotionally draining.
It was “not worth this much suffering put on the survivors,” he stated, “to wait for the surprise and hype the release date.” In order to justify why we don’t want [LANY] on campus, some of us have had to relive our horrible experiences.”
Twitter user @hahlys (Hailey Pryor) has collated 12 unique accusations from fans who claim to have been in a damaging connection with Klein at various intervals between 2014 and 2020 in a public Google document.
LANY ALLEGATIONS GOOGLE DOC https://t.co/3GNsjHOsQm
FILIPINO LANGUAGE VERSIONhttps://t.co/tCjjy9PEKy
TW: ABUSE OF POWER, PREDATORY BEHAVIOR, SEXUAL COERCION, MANIPULATION
— hailey (@hahlys) July 25, 2021
According to the Google page, the “Prince” has not attempted to verify the claims made in the document.
Pryor is a New York City-based student at Fordham University. “To do anything [she] could to educate people about this band’s goals,” she said, “I decided to compile the allegations.”
Names and locations of events were excluded from the document to protect the anonymity of the fans that participated.
Fans around the country began making accusations against Klein in August 2020 and Pryor was first made aware of them in December 2020. When the band announced plans to go on tour in July 2021, Pryor said that she continued to add updates to the paper when new information became available.
As she told The Daily Princetonian: “I wanted to make sure that their fans, especially young ladies, knew what this band was capable of and how to keep safe around them if they still planned on going to this tour.
Julia Nees ’25 sent a message to the ‘Prince’ in which she expressed her conflicted feelings about the news.
Even while she expressed relief that LANY would no longer be performing, she wished that the USG had been more open about its efforts to find a replacement performer. It took students only minutes to locate the allegations, therefore I’m still dissatisfied that not enough investigation was done on them beforehand.
Lawnparties singer selection should be more open and transparent, according to Hannah Faughnan ’23, who coordinated a petition that went live early Tuesday afternoon.
The petition called for the cancellation of LANY’s performance. As of the time of writing, 783 people had signed the petition.
According to Faughnan in an email to the “Prince,” there is still a push to change the system that allowed for the incident in the first place.
When Naaji Hylton ’22, who goes by J. Paris at Lawnparties, received an email this evening, she had no idea what was going on.
His regret was that he didn’t find out about it sooner; he claims that they could have informed him of it.
“Either way, I’m going to put on a tremendous show. Students are more enthusiastic about who is going to perform, so Hylton believes he has more room to shine.
Requests for comment from LANY were not immediately returned.