Zara Larsson has responded to the news that a woman was raped during her festival set.
The singer was performing at Bravalla Festival in Norkopping, Sweden, where five women were reportedly raped and 12 others sexually assaulted across the weekend.
As Gigwise reports, Larsson tweeted in her native Swedish language: “Fuck you who shamelessly raped a girl in the audience. You deserve to burn in hell. Fuck you for making girls feel insecure when they go to a festival. I hate guys. Hate hate hate.”
“How am I supposed to take it seriously when you say ‘not all men’, ‘I’m a nice guy, I don’t rape’? Where does all the ‘nice guys’ go when girls are raped? Are you too busy telling women how nice you are?”
She added: “It’s not fucking hard to be generalised. It’s hard to feel insecure about a festival where you just wanna go to have fun and enjoy. BUT YOU CAN’T, BECAUSE OF MEN. UGH.”
The band said in a statement on their Facebook page: “We’re appalled to hear what happened at Bravalla. Festivals are a celebration of music and people, a place to let go and feel safe doing so. We’re gutted by these hideous reports. We won’t play at this festival again until we’ve had assurances from the police and organisers that they’re doing something to combat what appears to be a disgustingly high rate of reported sexual violence.”
Bravalla was one of two festivals in Sweden which endured a high number of sexual assault last weekend. Free festival Pukke I Parten in Karlstad had 35 cases of groping and other sexual assault on girls as young as 12. Seven men are being sought in connection with the attacks.
Anti-rape charities in Sweden have accused festival organisers of not doing enough to protect festivalgoers. Anti-rape charity Nattskiftet spokeswoman Lisen Andreasson Florman told Swedish news agency TT: “Festival organisers must take this seriously. After quite some time, they’re on their way to understanding it. But very little is happening.”
Police spokesman Thomas Agnevik accepted security should be tightened, saying: “I can understand the criticism. As long as these serious crimes are happening, of course not enough has been done.”
Police had handed out anti-groping campaign bracelets in June at the start of Sweden’s festival season, aimed at raising awareness of the problem. The fact the bracelets were deemed necessary has highlighted the problem Swedish festivals have endured.