At hardcore punk shows, signs warning audience members of physical danger — "dance at your own risk" — can be commonplace.
Maybe electronic music venues should start doing something similar.
Richie Hawtin, a house music DJ, was performing in New York City this past weekend when he was joined onstage by an apparently unwelcome guest: a female fan holding up her phone to record him.
As fan-captured video shows, Hawtin soon seemed to get fed up with the woman's presence, going to a nearby monitor...
...and shoving the huge piece of equipment into the woman's stomach, catching her off-guard and sending her tumbling to the ground.
He then went back to DJing.
Here's how the poster of the original video on Facebook described the incident:
Richie Hawtin does whatever the f**k Richie Hawtin feels like doing!!! Including (but not limited to) getting f****d up and pushing a speaker into a poor woman standing next to him hahahahah!
The electronic music blog Dancing Astronaut reported that the woman was not injured in the incident, and on Monday Hawtin posted an apology on his Facebook page, trying to pass the whole thing off as an accident:
Regarding the incident at Time Warp in New York this weekend which is being posted and talked about on the web, I would like to apologise here to the girl involved. It was not my intention that the speaker fell. Only to nudge the monitors in her direction and for her to understand that perhaps she had filmed enough. I was as surprised as I'm sure she was when it moved the way it did and the top speaker fell off of the stack. For that, I'm extremely sorry and embarrassed about what happened. This was never my intention. Sometimes being in the middle of the spotlight, continual cameras and glaring iPhone lights, things can get stressful and frustrating. I'm sorry that this frustration took an unexpected turn and took away from anyone's experience of Time Warp. I have tried to reach the girl to apologise personally but have not yet been able to track her down and will continue to try to contact her.
Watch the video below and decide for yourself: Was Hawtin merely trying to "nudge" the enormous speaker towards the woman, or did he mean to give her a stomachful of monitor?
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