by Zack Zarrillo
It was announced on May 1st that No Good News signed to Pure Noise Records. Harry Corrigan, formerly of Bellwether, is a member of the band. In November of 2013, Corrigan was accused of sexual assault. PropertyOfZack covered this story then, but you’ll notice today that those posts no longer exist on the website. Towards the end of last year, I removed the posts. The obvious question is: Why?
I made a very, very serious mistake. Several months ago, I was given information that indicated that the matter at hand had been settled between the two parties – which led to the decision to remove the posts about it from the site. Unfortunately, that information has turned out to either be false, or cloudy at best. Those posts, or any post that sheds light on serious matters, should never have been removed from the website. I was ignorant to the general situation at hand and did not consider the weight that small decisions can have on an entire community and how that affects the comfort and safety of others. It was easier for me remove the posts than it was to do the proper research, ask the necessary questions, and be patient instead of hasty.
The resulting dialogue from this situation has made it abundantly clear that I, and countless others, are not as educated and empathetic in the matters of equality, safety, consent, and community as we should be. Situations like this can be drastically damaging to an individual’s life and beyond that create bad examples for others to incorrectly follow.
Ten years ago, I found an online community with (mostly) open arms, and without it, my life would be much less fulfilling. If anything I’m part of can give someone else an entry point in this community, I would be proud. However, the inverse of that would be completely unsettling, and while I may have good intentions, I stumbled. I’ve received fair criticism for taking several days to post an acknowledgment of the above, and while I have other things taking place currently in my personal life, it’s hard for me to state just how much getting this right matters to me.
Over the coming days and weeks it is an incredible priority of mine to further educate myself on the subjects mentioned above, and to also share links on the website for others to read. Whether you’ve followed this story since November of 2013 or are seeing it brought up for the first time now - I believe we all have more to learn and consider. There is no excuse for removing the posts and I hope the future for our community is more progressive, empathetic, and understanding than it’s shown to be over the past week.
I’d like to further extend an apology to the victim of this ordeal, and to any others who may have experienced pain through my actions. I am deeply sorry, but also beyond aware that no apology will resolve this specific issue or the larger one at hand, nor will it erase or ease the harm that victims of sexual assault, in this situation or others, have endured.1
This paragraph was added on Wednesday at 10am. ↩