Queer Musician Shamir Pulls His New Video After He Finds Out the Director Was Accused of Rape

Recently, the non-binary musician Shamir posted a new video for his song “Straight Boy.” The song is about the co-opting of queer black voices by straight white people. The video was directed by Ryan Carpenter, who also starred as the titular straight boy. But this morning Shamir announced he was taking the video off YouTube over claims that Carpenter was a rapist.

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The claim came from a YouTube comment on the video:

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Shamir says he reached out to Carpenter for a comment, but was disturbed by his “nonchalance” and took down the video.

Shamir released a statement about the incident:

I found out through a disturbing comment left on the video, so I immediately just took it down. I might do an alt video, but not sure as of now, just quite sad because I considered this person a friend too.

I do believe it to be true because a while back he told me a girl accused him of abuse in college, he denied it and said it was all chalked up to just a misunderstanding. I took the info at face value because his friend from college concurred.

I didn’t know his reputation back in Florida because we met in Brooklyn and would just see each other either out there or in ​P​hilly. So when I saw the comment my heart dropped to my stomach.

Obviously I approached him about it, and he left me with little to no explanation or piece of mind, and even seemed quite nonchalant about it, so I told him I’m taking it down and did so immediately.

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Shamir also took to Twitter to explain himself:

If you want to hear “Straight Boy” on YouTube, though — you’re not out of luck. As he hinted at in his statement, Shamir just released an alternate video featuring an acoustic performance of the song. He opens the clip by saying “Fuck sexual abuse. Fuck rapists.”

While it’s a horrible situation, we applaud Shamir for acting immediately and doing what’s right.

Shamir’s latest album, Revelations, featuring “Straight Boy” is out Nov. 3 on Father/Daughter Records.

 

Featured image by Ryan Zarra from Shamir’s Instagram