Tumblr is removing Crystal Castles from the lineup of its 79 Cents SXSW event after the band's history and suitability for the event was called into question. The feminism-themed event is named after the gender wage gap in the US, and it features an all-female lineup, feminist art installations, and a guest appearance from former Texas state senator Wendy Davis. The Verge reported on the event, as well as the band's tumultuous history, this afternoon. "As someone who knew [Crystal Castles frontman] Ethan Kath on a personal and professional level, it is my opinion that he is not an appropriate artist to be performing at a feminism-centric event," said former Crystal Castles member Alice Glass to The Verge.
Below is the statement from Tumblr's representative:
We've removed Crystal Castles from the lineup of the 79 Cents party. We don't know the facts around comments made about a member of the band, and we're not going to engage in an investigation around it. We're hosting this event to highlight gender disparity issues, something that Tumblr and our community cares deeply about, and we don't want the band's presence to distract from this important mission.