Ben Weasel of the band Screeching Weasel has been caught on camera punching a female fan after being provoked by her continual throwing of ice cubes in his direction at the Fat Wreck showcase for SXSW. According to the band’s Twitter feed, tonight’s show in San Antonio has been cancelled.
At 2:20 in the video, Ben stops the song because a female fan threw an ice cube at him. He says that he “can’t beat up a girl” so he offers “$20 bucks if anyone wants to beat her up”. At 4:05, another ice cube is thrown, and again at 4:20, he says “get the fuck up here and I’m going to kick the shit out of you” then “oh it’s another girl? get your skanky ass up here I don’t care if you are…” then takes a swing at her at 4:47 to the roar of the crowd. A closer video shows that the punch connected, and a slow motion video shows the full extent of the violence. The crowd is going wild at this point, and you can hear someone on stage saying to Ben, “what the fuck is wrong with you?” It’s extremely difficult to justify these kinds of actions, so I will leave you to make up your own minds on these events.
So far, no statement has been release from Ben or from the band.