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Shane Blanchard, Bane’s World Frontman, In The Middle Of A Sexual Scandal

Shane Blanchard

Shane Blanchard of Bane’s World

 

Long Beach’s indie band, Bane’s World is in the middle of a scandal that could shake up the indie scene. I have never heard of the band before but they seem to be very popular among teenagers. Their frontman Shane Blanchard was even declared Long Beach’s rising star while SXSW was courting the band last year. Bane’s World opened for the very popular Mac DeMarco a bunch of times (like here 2 years ago or here), they also have the same management, and this may have something to do with the growing popularity of the band, besides their teenage-girl-bait languid ballads. Check out their song You Say I’m In Love and do not forget to read the comments…. but this was a year ago.

A few days ago, an avalanche of accusations landed on Shane Blanchard, the charismatic (if you are a 15-year-old girl of course) 23-year-old frontman of Bane’s World. You can find some of them below, all posted on Twitter, but there are also plenty of discussions on Instagram and Reddit. This is just a small sample of the posts, all filled with serious accusations of rape and sexual acts with minors. The stories look more or less the same, a popular frontman taking advantage of young careless girls,… who were getting too close for comfort,… after eventually getting drunk,… after sending nude pics (under his pressure)… and finally getting sexually abused. All of them claim to have been underage at the time, and this is a very consistent point in all the stories. Other bands may have been complicit, although I would not claim to know about the details.

Accusations like these happen all the time, Justin Bieber just got accused of rape by several young women, but in Shane’s case, it’s close to a tsunami, there are many of them and the fact that he has disappeared from social media (he has deleted his Twitter, and his Instagram accounts) does not look too good. An Instagram page named Spewzine, which has received hundreds of messages from young girls accusing Shane of sexual misconduct is now taking everything down because threatened of legal action.

Stories like these are intertwined with the history of rock ‘n’ roll, but, if it was probably easy to get away with ‘murder’ before the age of social media, we live in different times.

‘I’m so sad ab Shane Blanchard rn .. why does everyone have to be problematic?’ wrote a fan, summing up the situation.

‘This seriously hurts I won’t follow him or buy anything but I must keep his songs in my playlist because his music helped me when I was suicidal in the 8th grade. I will ALWAYS believe the victim but his music really meant a lot to me,’ wrote another one.

‘if you are going to stop listening to Bane’s world then you should post about how the world needs to stop listening to Michael Jackson,’ wrote another fan.

Aren’t we always getting back to this? Of course, because it is very hard to separate the art from the artist, especially in this case, when the artist is still very close to his adoring crowd. It will be interesting to see if Shane Blanchard and his band are canceled.

21 Comments

  1. Lol on September 4, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Bullshit

  2. Human Being on September 7, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    People are fucking annoying, can we not cancel him pls. I need music

    • no on September 10, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      aww poor you 🙁 there are tons of good indie artist out there who arent child r*pists ok? and if you stream his music your not holding him responsible for his disgusting actions

      • 😐 on February 6, 2023 at 2:34 pm

        where’s ur proof. unless ur actually involved in the investigation, but i don’t think they’d let someone as easily swayed as you do that. innocent until proven guilty

    • oh wow on October 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      How are underaged girls annoying for speaking out about getting sexually abused by an adult that they admired? And yes, cancel him – he’s literally taking advantage of underaged girls.

      • i was abused and you are all cringe on October 29, 2022 at 9:06 pm

        look. i was sexually abused as a young child. i’ve been through years and years of individual therapy. a lot of people who “come forward” have selfish and harmful ways they do so. they only care about revenge or being the trophy victim and they don’t understand the full scope of these situations. victims are still human beings with flaws, and we tend to ignore that. in reality, mental illness and abusive behavior are much more universal and ugly than they are made out to be on social media. not this tribalist BS. you can’t just have sympathy for the stuff that doesn’t make you uncomfortable. that’s bullsh*t. even if someone’s behavior is disgusting, it’s not our job as complete strangers to “hold them accountable”. what the f*ck? you are all brainwashed. that’s a load of shame-filled BS that solves no problems and only makes it harder for people to come forward and have open conversations about abusive behavior. there needs to be a paradigm shift and hardly anyone is aware of that. you don’t get anywhere by “cancelling” someone as though it’s impossible for them to be self-aware or change. and you don’t get anywhere by being sanctimonious and incensed about a stranger’s personal issues, no matter how awful they are. real emotional maturity is knowing what we can and can’t change. not trying so f*cking hard to prevent these awful things from happening when we can’t. trust me, you are always supporting something or someone scummy. including parts of yourself. you can try to cut as much of it out as you want. but it’s moot. you’ll be flawed and complicit all the same. or, you can detach from that idea. you listening to his music doesn’t have to be the end of the world, as much as you may still be supporting and enabling his behavior. that’s not yours to worry about. awareness over perfection.

  3. no on September 13, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    What do you mean they were “pretending” to be underage at the time. They were underage, this is widely known in long beach

  4. Rachel on October 5, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Alyson, I feel that the language you used “young careless girls” sounds like you are blaming the victim. Since these girls are literally minors they cannot consent. 15 year old girls should not be called “careless” for getting assaulted.

  5. ok on March 31, 2021 at 12:00 am

    For the people thinking this is bullshit, get it together really. These are young girls, that are easily manipulated by their idol. Did you know that there are many adults who abuse their fans and take advantage of them, since they look up to them. You are apart of the problem if you think they’re lying. Disgusting.

  6. Yea on August 12, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Fucked up if true. I’m still listening to his music though, glad I separate art from the artists and that I’m still able to enjoy things.

  7. kai on November 25, 2021 at 12:11 am

    i still love his music. got me through so many hard times so i can’t let it go easily unless there is definitive proof

  8. Shane’s drummer on April 21, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Definitive proof 🫡
    There u go
    Now delete his music. Or am I mistaken and you are PRO child rape ??

    • Riley Upchurch on July 26, 2022 at 11:45 am

      Delete his music?? lol no

    • mac demarco on September 20, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      im sorry but ur name is literally shanes drummer and by saying someone is pro rape bc they listen to an artist that has nothing but accusations against him then ur crazy. thats like saying if u listen to michael jackson then ur pro pedophilia. ppl like u who peer prressure other ppl off of practically nothing are just plain stupid.

    • i dont like him, i like his music on September 29, 2022 at 4:16 pm

      walt disney animated pro nazi porpaganda. dr seuss the guy who wrote and drew all those kids books cheated on his wife until she killed her self. michael jackson molested children.

      shut the fuck up, ur annoying

  9. Walter White on April 26, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Jesse

    • Jesse on May 22, 2022 at 2:21 pm

      Mr. White

      • Skinny Pete on May 25, 2022 at 3:51 pm

        Jesse

        • El Camino on October 29, 2022 at 9:21 pm

          vrooom

  10. adfads on March 5, 2023 at 11:26 pm

    Just fyi you’re using “pretend” in the French sense of “prétendre” but they’re faux amis. In English it should be “claim”

  11. piss n shit on September 12, 2023 at 11:21 am

    I’m still very confused about this. There’s a lot of things I wonder and it’s hard knowing what happened to still listen to his music. Some songs like Drowsy get me triggered. It just sucks. I don’t think there’ll be another indie artist from along Beach(local in my area) who knows the vibe and adds to the atmosphere like that. Shane… you fucked up.

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