Odd Future Member Accused of Slapping Photographer
Odd Future are widely recognized for their onstage antics — Tyler, the Creator leaping from a second floor balcony during a performance for CMJ Music Festival at New York City’s Terminal 5 last month among them. However, when a photographer claims one of the rap group’s member’s slapped her in the face while on set at New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience Sunday (Oct. 30), there’s no entertainment value in that.
Apparently Tyler, supported by his group members, shared his disdain for photographers while standing before the crowd, stating that the media pit set up in front of the stage was unfair for fans who had paid to see OFWGKTA perform.
OF rapper Left Brain was the one who reportedly became physical with the photographers in the pit area, slinging water at them, pushing and kicking cameras and shouting obscenities. Photographer Amy Harris was allegedly slapped by Left Brain as a result of his wild behavior.
“I have worked many shows before, and I’ve had to deal with a band flinging water at the photographers, but I never expected this to happen,” Harris told NBC33 News. “In the pit, the male to female ratio is about 20 to [one]. There were way more men in that pit than women.”
According to Odd Future’s publicist, Left Brain did not touch Harris. “There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet. It’s no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes their fans would have instead,” the publicist stated. “After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times (as they’ve done before) Vyron (Leftbrain) took a swipe at a few cameras, NOT people. To manipulate the situation to insinuate an attack on a woman specifically is careless and manipulative [sic].”
A rep for the music festival released a statement yesterday (Oct. 31) regarding the incident. “The Voodoo Experience does not in any way condone the behavior of Odd Future towards the approved media assembled in the photo pit during the band’s set yesterday (Sunday, October 30). Festival organizers would like to apologize to their media guests who experienced and/or witnessed this abusive behavior.”