The Facebook page for the Big Day Out is filled with a predictable mix of excitement, complaints and punters trying to buy or sell last minute tickets. Par for course for an event of the scale of the Big Day Out, until posts complaining about the behaviour of Big Day Out employees/contractors start disappearing.
Organisers of Big Day Out – or at least those at the helm of its Facebook presence – seem to be trying their best to hide any evidence of complaints of technicians encouraging women to expose themselves for the cameras with the words “Get ’em out” appearing on the event’s big screens.
One Facebook user recently posted to the Big Day Out Page, only to have their posts and the 900-odd comments attached disappear. Users quickly responded with screen captures of the original posts.
The original post, as captured in screenshot:“I have to say the highlight of yesterday was when your lovely technicians encouraged girls to expose themselves to a few thousand people on the big screen with “get em out”. What a fantastic display of respect for young weekend and Vampire Weekend, and a true example to set your male punters. Great to see you hold the live music industry with such regard. Keep it up.
We’ll let you pass judgement and decide what, if anything has been done wrong here. It’s unlikely that Big Day Out organisers would encourage or endorse this sort of behaviour from those in their employ. And certainly with or without video prompts, every attendee of any major festival – ever – has seen their share of skin and other assorted bits. But deleting posts without public acknowledgement does seem tantamount to sweeping something under the rug. They’re certainly not afraid to let punters air grievances about shitty sound during the Red Hot Chilli Peppers performance…