SXSW Last Night: (UPDATED) Screeching Weasel's Ben Weasel Hits A Woman At The Scoot Inn

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The incident is still just hours old, but the Internet is steaming over Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel hitting a woman and another unidentified person during his band's set at the Scoot Inn on Saturday night. There's no "alleged" to be found in this situation. It was all caught on camera.

Weasel hadn't been as happy-go-lucky about SXSW as the rest of the town, remarking on his Twitter stream, "Gearing up to play the most depressing show of my life in the most joyless, soulless, shameful excuse of a music event in modern history." He was even less charitable towards the machinery of SXSW, writing "I'm about to go play for free for douchey rock critics and music industry hacks. I'm ashamed of myself."

Personally we don't know of any rock critics or music industry who went to go see Weasel and his crew, but he ended up making it an event by acting like a prize asshole and hitting two people, one a woman, in an incident that was captured on camera. Remember showbiz folks, big and small, cameras are everywhere these days.

We aren't sure why Weasel was incited to hit anyone, but we are looking into it.

UPDATED: The comments section has come to life with even more light on the incident last night. At the time of Rocks Off's posting of the initial piece, it was roughly 4 a.m., so details were hard to come by, but the video speaks volumes. No doubt we will be hearing more on this in the coming days. You can see critic Jim DeRogatis' more in-depth review here of the incident, as he was on the scene.

Thanks to @ShopImmunity for posting the video.

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Eve Henley
Eve Henley

Ben Weasel has ALWAYS been an asshole he will always be an asshole no surprise here..

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

"Why do you put up with my crybaby shit?" - Screeching Weasel, "Making You Cry"

Dedsmoke
Dedsmoke

The first victim never spit in his face, she simply stated she was the one who hit him with a piece of ice, she was not trying to climb on stage since she is barely taller than the barricade. Weasel then came down with full wait grabbing her by the throat and punching her. The other victim being one of the owners was acting as stage manager because her husband broke his neck in a motorcycle wreck and is still recovering and because the week had been plague with incident, they felt it would be best to have some one who cared about the club watching. Weasel had been taunting the second victim all night sticking his middle finger in her face and screaming that were cock roaches in his dressing room, when she saw his brutal assault she ran over and grabbed his arm fearing for the small girl and a lawsuit. Weasel turned and punch at her head and upper body twice, she turn to get away and he deliver a very hard and well thought blow to her kidney area. Anyone that would defend these action is either disturb or was not there, his own band walk off in disgust and the other bands announced they were leaving the tour, kids burnt merch in the parking lot. I saw the Sex Pistol when I was twelve, tour with clash at fifth teen, been singing in punk bands my whole life including six shows at SXSW this year, this was not punk rock, this was not justified, this was a crime and in the old days before cell phones cameras and music fest, he would not have walk out of the joint.

Ron Bassilian
Ron Bassilian

That's funny Jamesmif, that's exactly what I think of SXSW. Anyone who looks like an a-hole at that douchefest gets a thumbs up in my book.

Punker101
Punker101

To the people saying this isn't punk: shut up. It's not some hippy flower punk shit, it's punk. Fuck off. Ben Weasel is the man.

cream city
cream city

If your Man enough to mess with the Bull...... you get the horns!

ned
ned

I guess veronica isn't the only girl who hates him. HEY YO!!!!!!!!!!! dum dum tis!

Jamiejohnston72
Jamiejohnston72

Who cares if it was a girl or guy, fuck Ben Weasel for punching anyone who paid money to come see him. Plain and simple. Talk about not appreciating your fans who got you to where you were. This guy needs to just stop trying to be the Ramone he could never be and get a job selling shoes (Converse of course) or some shit.

Guest
Guest

Of course he likes to hit women. What do you expect from a Sarah Palin lover?

Dys13
Dys13

Spit on someone or hit a guy from behind, be prepared to get punched. End of story. I'm a woman and fully expect to get socked if I do some nasty disrespectful shit like that.

april5k
april5k

Wow, so even after hearing about how he was a total twat the whole show and the crowd was fed up (it's audible in the longer video that several people are heckling him), and one girl who happened to be close enough to throw ice (1 - the sex pistols got spit on, he was lucky it was just frozen water, 2 - throwing tomatos is a heckling cliche = precendent for throwing things at a shit performance) bares the brunt of his bad attittude. He then threatens to whip it out and make her come up and SUCK HIS DICK and she spits beer in his face (should she have obliged him? In front of his wife?). He can dish it out all day with crybaby rants, but if he was that opposed to playing he could have NOT DONE IT. Saying fuck you to the promoter would have been way more punk. But when someone gives it back to him he punches two women and you armchair misogynists sit there fellating him. You've outed yourself as men who approve of unbalanced violence toward women ("they had it coming"!? are you serious!? had she been wearing revealing clothing should he have raped her as well!?), and I wish you the best of luck ever getting laid ever again in your miserable lives

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JD
JD

Ben Foster has always been a douchebag. I saw a video of more footage of the show than this and in the first ten seconds you hear someone yell "stop being a douchebag" or something of the likes (they then play that terrible song "Cool Kids" on their terrible album on that terrible excuse for a "punk" record label: Fat Wreck Chords...the drama ensues after). the problem is I don't think he can do that. he can fake being agoraphobic in his pathetic attempts to try to emulate Joey Ramone all he wants, but there's no faking on his douchebag status. how about they go back to Chicago and I play for $250? throw all the beer and ice cubes your heart desires...

Me
Me

She hit him, and he hit her back, I don't see what the problem is?

Billy2332
Billy2332

People need to calm the fuck down and get off their sexist double standard high horse.

You repeatedly mock and taunt a person, SPIT BEER IN THEIR FACE (which is beyond insulting) and toss ice cubes at their face... Then you cry VICTIM when you get hit in the face? Give me a break. Anyone in their right minds who think's it's ok for a woman to disrespect anybody free from consequences needs their head examined. It's not about male or female, it's about cause and effect.

Violence against women is wrong. Retaliation against some obvious drunk douchebag asshole isn't unprovoked violence. It's reaction. Seriously, everyone put their vaginas away and get over it...

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

I'm sorry, was this your girlfriend that got socked in the face? You seem pretty butthurt about the whole issue. Grow some balls dude.

ido
ido

if thats your idea of a "very hard and well thought" blow i hope you never have to fight someone that knows how to throw a punch.

it was nothing but a shove (actually a missed punch, because you DONT grab someone from behind in an altercation and expect a different reaction) and then a pulled kidney punch once he realized what was going on.

You and the horse
You and the horse

No. He's a 40+ dude in a fucking "power pop" band.I expect 311 will be beating up chicks soon, too.

Jerry Renshaw
Jerry Renshaw

"Ben Weasel is the man" yeah, he's a man alright. A man who's old enough to know better.

Waah, waaaah, I'm irrelevant, nobody cares that much anymore but they're her to see me anyway, waaah, I'm so pissed off I'm gonna punch someone. Screw that guy. He got off too easy.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Did you take an extra stupid pill this morning?

Onions
Onions

You should expect someone to call security and be escorted from the premises. That's all.

Real Punk
Real Punk

You have no idea what punk is.

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

This comment is so delusional. When the fuck did rape enter the picture? This was clearly some drunken bitch who was throwing shit at him, spitting shit on him, and fucking with him. She had it coming. Being a women does not give you the right to be a drunken, physically violent bitch.

This is not unbalanced violence. It's not like he beat the shit out of her and killed her. That would be unbalanced. He hit her in the face. Deal with it. You start shit, you get shit back. That's how life works.

Nobody here is a misogynist. We're not saying men should have the right to beat the shit out of their wife if she doesn't want to cook dinner. You're a delusional feminazi and women like you are the reason this bitch thought she was "empowered' enough to be able to throw shit at Ben Weasel with impunity. Guess what? Her pussy doesn't give her the right to be a disrespectful violent bitch. I'm glad he decked her and I probably would've done the same.

Win Lose or Die
Win Lose or Die

Weasel's a little bitch.

He punches the woman in the crowd because he got some beer on his pretty shirt. Then he punches the club owner (another woman) when she tries to intervene - BUT when a bouncer steps in and gets hold of him, he goes limp like a peace protestor. Is his difference in behavior because he has a "sexist double-standard", or it because he's an impotent coward and a bully?

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Sorry, getting beer thrown at you is =/= to getting physically assaulted. Also, it's okay for Foster to talk shit all night long, but not okay when someone else starts it?

JD
JD

eat shit, the fucking rock star deserves a fucking molotov to the face, he's lucky it was only ice

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

You're right, since I didn't know the women involved, I should be perfectly fine with Ben Weasel assaulting them and then going limp when men get involved. Since you put it that way now I think it was totally awesome punk rock radical, brah.

Guest
Guest

It's well-established that he's a Sarah Palin lover. Trying to change the subject doesn't change that fact.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Oh, whatever. In another one of your comments, you said "it's punk". And yet now you're saying he had the right to throw a titty-baby tantrum just because someone in the audience was fucking with him. What's the matter, big tough punk rocker can dish it out, but can't take it? Claims to be oh so punk rock yet evidently wants his audience to sit quietly and not participate like they're in a goddamn jazz cafe? Fuck his crybaby ass and fuck his constant whining.

Being punk rock doesn't mean being the biggest asshole possible all the time. Ben Weasel has always been full of shit and now it's biting him in the ass. Good.

april5k
april5k

i couldn't understand you, could you please ben weasel's dick out of your mouth?

MurderInTheBradyHouse
MurderInTheBradyHouse

Umm yeah if someone threw a beer at me I'd fucking kill them. That's assault.

GoatBoy
GoatBoy

Talk to a cop. Tossing a beer is assault enough to get you locked up for the night, anywhere but a venue, anyone but a performer, I guess. The confusion in this thread is resulting from this: hitting a woman is never OK, but being punched in the face is something that MIGHT happen to anybody acting that way. In this way it is consequences and in this way she "had it coming." If a woman performer had issued the punches after being pelted with ice and spat on, I think a lot of the knee-jerk feminist people here would be cheering her punk rock balls.

There's legal, there's right and wrong, and there's potential consequences. If you're tough enough to start shit, you don't get to cry foul when some shit gets on you.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

My argument is the only one that makes sense. Even if I was a eunuch, I'd have more balls than you and Ben Weasel, too afraid to fight men. Pussies. The both of you can go fuck yourselves.

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

Yeah it probably would be since you're a delusional eunuch and your argument makes no sense.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Wrong. If a woman hit some guy because she thought he wouldn't hit her back and then went all meek and mild as soon as another girl showed up to beat her ass, I'd consider her just as much of a pussy as Ben Weasel. Nice Straw Man argument, though. Maybe it would be easier if I allowed you to continue to argue with yourself.

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

If the roles were reversed and the girl was on stage and she ended up socking a guy you'd cum in your pants because she's so "empowered".

Fucking misandrist.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

Oh, OK. Well if punk rock is just doing whatever the fuck you want like a toddler or poorly-trained puppy, then I would like to continue calling Ben Weasel a pussy. Wow, look how punk rock I am! I do what I want! Hooray for me! Hooraaayyyyy!

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

Being punk rock is doing whatever the fuck you want. That includes socking some dumb drunk bitch who is harassing you.

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

I don't really like the guy. I don't like what he's doing with his life these days. But I don't care who the fuck it was up there. Whoever it was had every right to sock the bitch.

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

I don't understand. I'm serious. If anyone's dicking around it's her.

ArmchairMisogynist
ArmchairMisogynist

I wouldn't actually kill them. I'd fight them. And apparently security wasn't doing their job that night.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Really? You'd KILL them? Isn't that escalating it a little bit? Especially when you are ON A STAGE, surrounded by SECURITY.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I still maintain that having beer thrown on you is not enough to merit punching ANYONE, man or woman, in the face.

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