Sugarland places some state fair blam...

Sugarland places some state fair blame on victims

There are 6 comments on the WTHR-TV Indianapolis story from Feb 21, 2012, titled Sugarland places some state fair blame on victims. In it, WTHR-TV Indianapolis reports that:

Attorneys for country duo Sugarland say injuries to fans in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair were "their own fault" and say fans failed to take steps to ensure their own safety shortly before high winds sent stage rigging plunging into the crowd awaiting the band's Aug.

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Sugarland Suxxx

United States

#1 Feb 21, 2012
Well,well,well. When push comes to shove,the true character of the band and its organization comes out. Let's be really honest,State Fair officials didn't want to cancel the show because Sugarland was guaranteed their performance fee. It's always about the money. Now,Sugarland is pointing the finger at their fans. In essence,implying their fans to be a bunch of fools and dumbsh*ts. How's that for transparency?

Speaking of transparency..
That's exactly what the subsequent free show was all about,an attempt to garner a more sympathetic response toward the band from the public. The media did nothing but propagate this message.

Everyone in authority from the State Fair,Mitch Daniels (Why did he quickly become so quiet?),the Band,simply thinks the public are a bunch of fools. Hell,we got played for sending donations to the victims--only to discover the monies were paid out (by a Daniels crony) unevenly and in a questionable manner and method. The attitudes displayed by the aforementioned interests explains why this tragedy happened in the first place. No one in any authority gave any thought to the paying fans at the show. How could they? When all involved seem to think of the fans as only as fools and a source of hundreds of thousands of dollars for an evenings performance of pastiche ephemera.

Yeah,Pour Me.

That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
Pour Me

United States

#2 Feb 21, 2012
Has anyone questioned Sugarland's Tour manager?

Has anyone questioned the crew leader for Mid America?

Has anyone questioned the most senior member of the Stagehands Union? The authority structure on site at these shows might be compartmentalized,but someone among the staff has the final word--the buck stops with somebody/someone.

Just like the Great White show at the club which caught fire. No one cares because it's always about the money. It's a damn shame people have to lose their lives to attend shows presented by crappy bands,performers and oftentimes just as equally--if not more so-- crappy venues/promoters.

Anyone reading this that has attended a number of shows can attest that patrons are looked upon as expendable. And while there might be a bit of glamour perceived by the public for these events,there doesn't seem to be much difference between these events and those low rent traveling carnivals conducting business on downtrodden strip mall parking lots.

United States

#3 Feb 21, 2012
An act of God they say?

Why am I getting the blame?

Did anyone see me wandering around?

Is there tangible proof that I have a history of such abhorrent behavior?

Why would I choose to spoil the evening for a group of music fans?

I'm tired of receiving the blame for the incompetence,ineptitude,fevere d egos,paranoia,avarice and disrespect given towards me by mere mortals.

If the show had been a success,you can bet everyone up the food chain would've taken credit and responsibility for its success. But....When the sh*t hits the fan (no pun intended) I receive all the blame. Shameless.

Elizabethtown, KY

#4 Feb 21, 2012
The statement made by their attourney could have been stated better in numerous ways, it was posed as a slap in the face,but for the most part, I agree. This storm was on the news for 3 days prior to the show, the attendees were outside with a clear view of the storm approaching and were intent on holding their places closest to the stage because they were star stuck and that took precedence over their own safety. Had the stage not collapsed would they have held their positions to be struck by lightening? Probably! They were not inside of a structure that collapsed with no knowledge of what was happening outside. So how can one say that sugarland didnt give your safety enough attention when some gave none to themselves?

Elizabethtown, KY

#5 Feb 21, 2012
In my opinion, the major failure in this event, is that the spotter was not ordered down, and he should have taken it upon himself to come down. Im not trying to be hateful in any way, but I hope everyone that reads this, no matter what your job is or where you are, will ALWAYS put your own safety and best interests above all else, and don't depend on someone else to make that call for YOU. Leaders dont always have the best judgement and they're not always leading.I pray for the ones who lost their lives and the ones fighting to recover, and so sad that some will never recover.
The Union Buster

Avon, IN

#6 Feb 22, 2012
They sound like the band The Dixie Chicks after they badmouthed GWB, Then saw their ticket sales dwindle. They blamed their fans also .That's why you don't worship musicians , or Hollywood stars or any entertainer period.They are people, They are just polished up in the glitz of success and the big money they have made and all the contracts they signed for the devil.I partly understand what they meant to say . They were more or less saying. When you see angry skies and lots of lightning , You need to seek shelter and not wait for any announcement to tell you too.At the same time it was very insensitive , Being how many people were killed and injured for life.Had nobody been seriously injured, Then what they said wouldn't had been taking so badly.Throwing a free concert doesn't bring back the dead.

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