In recent months there has been a welcomed backlash against 'pay to play' promoters in the Glasgow area.
The efforts to highlight this on going issue has attracted the national media and garnered a great deal of support from musicians and music fans across the UK.
Much of it has been orchestrated by the brave efforts of the musician Vivien Scotson.
Unfortunately by standing up to vocally express an opinion, whether you agree with it or not, she has drawn a great deal of negative attention to herself.
Some pretty nasty statements have been made, and some cowards have went to the lengths of issuing physical threats.
The onslaught of hate speech has now had a detrimental impact on the health of this young woman.
Readers of the blog will no doubt be aware of my stance regarding pay to play, so I'm not going to use this update to reiterate my disgust at the exploitative behaviour of the dodgy promoters, but instead ask a couple of questions.
I would love to hear a semi-literate and logical response to them.
1) When is it acceptable to threaten anyone for stating an opinion, an opinion that isn't advocating harm on another?
2) Maybe a bit sexist this one, but in what circumstances is it acceptable for grown men to threaten young women?
That's it. Two very simple questions.
As someone who expresses their opinion often, and loudly, I to receive threats.
Personally I can live with them, but the difference here is that I get the occasional threat and I discount them as unworthy of being concerned about.
I've yet to receive one with a real name attached.
I will however say that if I was to get them on a daily basis then I have no idea on how I would feel about that.
If I was to be attacked in the press with uncorroborated nonsense I would guess I would feel incensed, but I couldn't say how my anger would manifest itself.
It is very possible that I would be suffering from panic attacks and such to.
I am rather angry about this just now. So what I would like to see is an outpouring of support for Vivien.
I don't mean support for her cause. Everyone has the right to their own opinion about pay to play, but instead support for a young woman who is being publicly and privately attacked with hurtful words and threats.
If anyone reading this knows anyone who has issued a threat in her direction, or maybe they are one of these people, then I would love them to take a second and consider their own, or their friends behaviour.
Would it be acceptable for one of their family to be on the receiving end?
ItasXXXXthing blog fully supports Vivien in her fight against pay to play, but more importantly I am personally disgusted with the negative attention she has received.
Vivien Scotson website