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“I Was Stunned”: Maggie Rogers Speaks Out After Man Tells Her To ‘Take Her Top Off’ At Concert

Audiences need to do better.

Maggie Rogers at the Sydney Opera House

Maggie Rogers has shared a statement to stress “there is no space for harassment or disrespect or degradation” at her concerts, motivated by the actions of two punters at a recent show in Austin, Texas.

Rogers writes that she was interrupted mid-encore by a heckler in the audience who yelled “take your top off” at her.

He was joined by another man, who yelled: “you cute though”. Rogers broke down why this was so upsetting, for those in the back who still don’t get it.

“I was stunned”, she wrote. “Furious. Fuming. Confused. And also — on a really basic level — it really hurt my feelings.”

Rogers explained a part of that hurt was the “deep amount of trust” that comes in her live performances, saying she aims to create a “safe space to amplify each other”. This heckle was particularly hurtful, Rogers says, as it happened during a pre-amble speech to her final song of the night: an acoustic rendition of breakthrough song ‘Alaska’.

“It’s the most vulnerable part of the set,” she writes. “Just me and a guitar before I say goodnight.”

“I want to use this moment to be very clear,” she continues. “There is no space for harassment or disrespect or degradation of any kind at my show. Be kind to each other out there.”

This January, Rogers released her debut album Heard It In A Past Life, visiting Australia this May. Read the full statement below.


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