Aaron Lewis is the long-time frontman of the rock band Staind. And during a outdoor concert earlier this week in Kansas City, we learned that not just is Staind still performing (honestly was a surprise to me), but that Lewis is not afraid to tell off concertgoers for trying to exploit young women just wanting to have a good time.
As Staind was performing onstage during the concert sponsored by a Kansas City rock station, Lewis observed some members of the audience grabbing a young women crowd surfing in places she didn't necessarily need to be grabbed in order to successfully crowd surf. At that point, Lewis, a married father of three daughters, stopped singing and started into an epic NSFW-rant toward the grabbers:
All right, listen up you fucking assholes, that fucking girl right there is like 15 fucking years old, and you fucking pieces of shit are molesting her while she is on the fucking crowd. Your fucking mothers should be ashamed of themselves, you pieces of shit. You should all be fucking beaten down by everyone around you for being fucking pieces of shit. If I fucking see that shit again, I swear to God I will point you out in the crowd and and have everyone around you beat your fucking ass.
Whether or not the particular approach taken here is something you agree or disagree with, Lewis touched on something here beyond just this one incident. Crowd surfing, in reality, should be something that brings concertgoers together. Nobody— women, men, anybody— should be getting grabbed someplace they don't need to be in order to be held up in the air. And if it's obvious enough that Aaron Lewis could see it from the stage, that's particularly egregious.
Video of the incident is below. Lewis begins his rant at about 40 seconds in.