As we told you before, after Pitchfork we left unimpressed with Odd Future. We actually had more fun, and it was way more entertaining, watching the fans than anything the band did onstage musically.
We walked away from that show thinking that the media should refuse to cover these guys because they don’t like to talk to the press anyways, they hate photographers in the pit, and they really have nothing new to say or offer to hip hop.
That said, as Pollstar reports, things have now gotten violent, legal and personal between Odd Future and photographer Amy Harris who was slapped in the face by band member “Left Brain” during a recent show at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans.
According to MTV News, here’s what Left Brain had to say about the incident:
Turner has not commented on the charges filed, but in a since-removed post on his Tumblr — in which he posted Harris’ photo — he wrote, “I didn’t slap that old bi—. Everybody seen that sh–. Idgaf though. F— her and f— the media. I’m not stupid and I’m not lettin nobody sue me for my paper. It’s my job to slap cameras out the way so like I said before, f— your opinion your blog and ya peeps. Ha.”
Here’s what Harris had to say on her blog as the story continues to develop.
“I was very disheartened to learn yesterday that Odd Future is denying that one of its members, Vyron Turner (“Left Brain”), engaged in the violent conduct that so many people witnessed and even photographed or videotaped. After he so publicly attacked me, I truly believed that an apology would be immediately forthcoming, which is why I declined to press charges at that time. The unexpected turn of events, including an attack by Odd Future on my credibility and motives for discussing the incident, have caused me to re-evaluate my initial decision. I’ve contacted an attorney – Amy Borlund with Doll Amir & Eley in Los Angeles – and am pursuing my options. At a minimum, I am seeking a public apology from Vyron Turner. Ultimately, I want a resolution in which Turner is held accountable for his actions.”
I appreciate the overwhelming concern for me personally and the many professional photographers who have reached out and shown support for me during this unfortunate situation.
Since then Harris had filed a police report and received death threats via email as she shared on her blog this past week.
Step Up To The Mic
What do you think about Odd Future’s live show antics? Should the media refuse to cover them? Have you seen them live? We invite you to share your Odd Future concert experiences and thoughts about this photographer fiasco in the comments below, and we’ll feature them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.