It has been alleged that Ryan Rockwell (of pop punk group Mixtapes) told the crowd "F**k Tigers Jaw. Kiss whoever you want." at a recent stop on the Vans Warped Tour.
The comment was in response to a statement from Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw about fans attempting to touch band members inappropriately at shows.
The statement, as well as a response from Tigers Jaw to Rockwell‘s comment can be seen below.
"Last night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, someone came on stage and very forcibly tried to kiss me, and actually did kiss Britty while she was playing. Another person from the tour was kissed while taking a photo… This tour is the first time something like this has happened to me, and I definitely feel responsible to say something.
IT IS NEVER OKAY TO TOUCH SOMEONE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. Ever. I felt so upset and violated, as did the others who this happened to.. Touching someone without their consent is not only upsetting for that person, but is also a crime. We all need to respect each other’s space — whether it’s someone in the band or someone crowd surfing. I just want to play music with my friends and I shouldn’t have to be worried whether or not every person stage diving is going to do something like that. I don’t want it to come down to having to say that there’s no stage diving allowed at our shows, but if stuff like this keeps happening and I feel unsafe and uncomfortable when we play, I don’t know any other solution.
So please – DO NOT EVER touch/kiss/grab someone that has not given you consent to do so. You are not entitled to that no matter what the situation is. Be a decent human being and keep your hands to yourself."
@RyanRockswelLOL disappointing. You had an opportunity to promote respectful behavior towards others and you did the opposite. Bad look.
— tigers jaw (@tigersjaw) June 21, 2014