British artist Louise Distras, aged 36, who has faced criticism and backlash for her views on gender issues, recently revealed that her artist page on the online audio platform, Bandcamp, was taken down. Distras, hailing from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has been called a "TERF" (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) due to her stance on certain transgender issues. She claimed that her deplatforming occurred within a 24-hour span, also mentioning her previous experience with another platform, Big Cartel.
Distras highlights the challenges she and many other artists face in the music industry. She pointed out the impact of the pandemic, which has resulted in the closure of many live music venues and a shrinking of the industry. She criticized the influence of intolerant activists who discriminate against artists and audiences that do not conform to their ideological demands. She expressed concern about the effects of cancel culture on artists and emphasized the need for resilience in the face of such challenges.
Distras believes that the music industry has become overly influenced by gender ideology. She argued that the industry often fails to understand the concept of womanhood. She also noted that women who speak out on certain topics face greater backlash than men who express similar opinions.
As a result of her views, Distras has faced repercussions, such as radio stations refusing to play her music, magazines excluding her, and a lack of support from her live booking agency. Despite these challenges, she remains steadfast in her beliefs and refuses to self-censor her views.
As of now, Bandcamp ha not commented on the matter. The cancellation surrounding Distras highlights the ongoing issues around freedom of expression, cancel culture, and the consequences artists may face for expressing their views on radical gender ideology.