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Two members of the Saskatoon band Bombargo say they’re “deeply concerned” to hear their alleged past behaviour made women feel uncomfortable.
In a post shared on Facebook on Monday, Tiara Jackle said she was a model hired to participate in a 2016 promotional video shoot featuring Bombargo band brothers Nathan and Anthony Thoen.
Jackle alleges the experience was “demeaning” and that she felt objectified.
“The entire experience felt predatory, with unprofessional misogynistic commentary, and pressure to perform for the camera …,” the post reads.
The shoot was unrelated to the band, Bombargo band members said in a statement online.
“When Anthony and I first read the post we were deeply concerned and heartbroken at the recount of this experience. To anyone who has been directly or indirectly affected, we are deeply sorry.”
“Although this post holds some misinformation, we understand that ultimately we should have been more aware, sensitive, and attentive to everyone involved,” the statement said.
Jackle did not respond to a request for comment from Global News.
SaskMusic, which represents the music industry in the province, said it strongly condemns “all forms of sexual misconduct, violence, and misogyny and stands with those who have experienced trauma.
“It is past time for our community to rise above misogyny and violence, and we ask our friends and colleagues, both inside and outside the music industry, to set the bar higher,” SaskMusic said in a Facebook post in addressing the allegations.
“We recognize there is much work to be done in our industry, and the importance of urgently address these issues.”
SaskMusic said as representatives of the industry, it is working on actionable items including revisions to policies and programming to help effect change.
Anthony Thoen said band members will take sensitivity training.
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