Canadian authors, artists and musicians have signed a petition in a show of support for the women who have revealed allegations of assault against former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio host Jian Ghomeshi.
Steven Lambke and Bryan Webb of the cult-favourite rock band the Constantines, the band F--ked Up (which signed collectively) and dozens of others from the Canadian indie-rock scene, as well as visual artist and sculptor Shary Boyle, are among the people who have signed the online petition that speaks directly to the unnamed women and other victims of alleged abuse. Authors Dionne Brand and Sheila Heti are also among the signatories, as is veteran activist Judy Rebick, whose initial response to the scandal involved some praise for Ghomeshi as a broadcaster, before she backtracked.
Referencing Ghomeshi’s Facebook post written in response to his firing from CBC, the petition proclaims to “condemn the PR attempt to make you out to be a ‘jilted ex.’ ”
Under the words “we believe you,” more than 2,600 people had signed their names as of Wednesday night in support of the women who have come forward with their allegations against Ghomeshi.
On Wednesday night, the Toronto Star published another story detailing accounts of the eight women who have come forward to the media so far with allegations against Ghomeshi, including those from Canadian actress and Royal Canadian Air Force captain Lucy DeCoutere.