Canadian music festival, ‘Hi Fi Musical Adventure’, has been cancelled after one of its co founders posted offensive remarks about Kesha on Facebook.
Anthony Dell’Orso reportedly posted on Facebook: “F**k Kesha. Talentless hack with a penchant for drama,” but the comment has since been deleted via Billboard.
Dell’Orso has since apologised for his comments, saying:
“What Kesha is going through is horrible and the deal that she signed is a form of slavery. I never meant to make light of the situation having to do with the allegations surrounding her and Dr. Luke. I did a stupid thing posting what I did in the first place and the events that followed.
I do have the biggest respect for women in this world and particularly in the music industry. I’ve seen first hand how they can be treated.”
Dell’Orso’s post was seen by Desiree Das Gupta from the band Kaleidoscope Horse, who reposted his comment in a private Facebook group for the women in Toronto music scene and was seen by Kristel Jax, an artist herself who performs as Brigitte Bardon’t “Learning that his comments had been shared, Dell’Orso began sending harassing messages to at least two women via Facebook: Das Gupta, and Toronto drummer Jocelyn Conway, who unfriended Dell’Orso after learning about his comments,” Jax wrote on music news site Chart Attack.
The festival was due to start within a few days in Toronto, Canada, across five venues and a line up of 60 artists.