Dev Hynes & Samantha Urbani Attacked

In the most screwed up of ironies, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and Friend’s frontwoman Samantha Urbani claim they were attacked and assaulted by security following their performance at Lollapalooza over the weekend during which they spoke out against police brutality. It sounds like a joke, and we wish it was, but sadly Hynes and Urbani each tweeted about the assault: “Samantha and I just got assaulted by the security. We are about to press charges. They grabbed her I asked what they were doing and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me.” Hynes wrote throughout a couple of tweets which Urbani retweeted, adding, “Insane how nightmare situations can just come in2 action so suddenly. Being assaulted by security &watching them attack Dev- so traumatizing.”

It’s crazy to think of the audacity of this assault considering that Hynes and Urbani not only advocated against the very thing that they moments later suffered from, but also considering they were both wearing homemade t-shirts that were pleas for the cause; Hynes’ shirt was emblazoned with the names of police brutality/profiling victims like Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, and Oscar Grant, while Urbani’s explicitly and straightforwardly read “STOP POLICE BRUTALITY.” Both musicians are asking any witnesses to testify against the incident and have furthermore stated that they will go ahead with pressing charges. Lollapalooza meanwhile has issued the following statement, “Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival.”

With news as heady as this (police brutality is never acceptable, but the irony of this incident just adds salt to the damn wound) it would seem that the exposure on the incident would be plentiful, but naturally when Googling “Lollapalooza news” the Hynes/Urbani piece is buried deep under other “higher priority” pieces, like the fact that Rihanna joined Eminem onstage. Way to go, world.

Photo by Redferns/Gaelle Beri

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