Regarding Our Feature in the Eastbay Express
UPDATED 7/23/19: After asking EastBay Express to contact us last week, they did not respond. The author D.Scot did, but was only able to correct misspellings and gender pronouns. We’ve noticed that some folks have started to share the article, so if you do, please d̶o̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶l̶l̶o̶w̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶m̶i̶n̶d̶ quote us:
ORIGINAL 7/17/19: On July 17th, we ran to the news stands to see an our new article feature in the Eastbay Express. While the initial conversation & interview had us feeling very excited, reading the article left us feeling uneasy. We responded to the writer with an email of thanks addressing typos & some of our discrepancies. The following is an exerpt from that email:
As fellow community members, we'd like to share our honest opinion about the article. It is very unsettling that the headline sensationalizes tragedy. Out of all the things we discussed —equity for artists, safe space for femmes and qtipoc communities, the impact of creating spaces like T4ME— the article began and ended the topic of death, which 40% of the article focuses on. It feels very unaligned with our efforts with this event, and with all of our other productions. While these things are a part of our reality, our purest intention is to create space for people to be uplifted. Though we understand the printed version has been released, we would love if the virtual article on your website can be adjusted to more accurately reflect Twerk 4 Mother Earth.
With Mercury being retrograde, it seems our signals have been crossed. T4ME centers joy and as shown on our website T4ME began in 2014. Per the last feature in Eastbay which you started the conversation with, T4ME wasn’t “born from tragedy,” rather, it was birthed from the spirit of innovation, celebrating our creative community, and the intention to create a culture of consent. This space can be one solution/response of many in times of tragedy, but tragedy has intentionally never been our focus. Twerk 4 Mother Earth was created from a desire for a safe(r) space to shake our asses and support the w+qtipoc & bipoc artists we love.
Again, we appreciate your interest in featuring T4ME. We hope this dialogue can help us come to a clearer understanding of our work. We’re open to furthering this conversation via email or phone.
The House of Malico