Polaris denounce fans who allegedly abused drag queens at bar after Sydney show

"If you can't treat people who are different to yourself with love and respect then sit yourself down"

Polaris have denounced the behaviour of punters who, after leaving the band’s show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney this weekend, allegedly abused drag queens at a bar next door.

Musician Brendan MacLean claimed that people leaving the Enmore Theatre on Friday night (February 28) verbally abused and spat on drag queens who were at the bar next door to the venue.

“Your fans at Sydney Enmore walked to the bar next door and spat on the drag queens and called them “disgusting creatures” – not your fault but thought you outta know,” MacLean tweeted at the band. “So upsetting, a lot of really shaken young queer people.”

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Polaris promptly responded, saying that it was “so awful and upsetting to hear”.

“We’ve always taken pride in having a fanbase that’s mostly forward thinking, diverse and loving, but sadly we don’t get to choose who comes to our shows,” the band tweeted. “Please understand that these people do not represent us in any way.”

 

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The band then tweeted at their followers directly, slamming the alleged behaviour of those punters and asking those with similar views to completely disengage with the band.

 

“To anyone who behaves like this: Do not come to our shows. Do not wear our merch. You are not welcome where we play and we don’t want you in our community,” they said.

“On Mardi Gras weekend of all times, this is incredibly disappointing. We have nothing but love for the queer community and we know (or at least hope) that the majority of our fans stand with us. This does not represent us.”

The Sydney show was the band’s penultimate date of their Australian tour in support of their new album, ‘The Death Of Me’, which was released February 21. The album debuted at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart over the weekend. Polaris’ tour concluded in Brisbane last Saturday, February 29.

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