Otep Alleges That “Openly Homophobic” Corporate Sponsor May Have Kept Her Band Off The ‘Mayhem Festival’ (Updated)


Update – April 02nd 5:15pm:

Otep has since mentioned that the matter has been cleared up after a discussion with Mayhem Festival co-founder John Reese. You can see what she had to say here.

Original Story:

Otep singer Otep Shamaya has alleged that an “openly homophobic” corporate sponsor of this years ‘Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival‘ may be the reason why her band isn’t a part of the festival. She tweeted the following earlier today, March 31st:

“Lots of ppl asking why we aren’t on @MayhemFest this year. Could it be that one of their corporate sponsors is openly homophobic? Hmmm…”

Replying to fans who responded to the tweet, were she went on to allege that ‘Rockstar Energy Drink were the sponsor which she was refering to. When a fan disputed the claims, she responded:

“respect for being a tribe member. But I’ve been doing this for more than 10 yrs. I know a thing or 2 about a thing or 2”

Shamaya herself is of course openly gay and is an outspoken activist for LGBT rights. The lineup for this years ‘Mayhem Festival‘ was officially announced earlier today and can be found here.




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