New Zealand band The Headless Chickens surprised onlookers by scattering the ashes of their dead bandmate onstage during an awards ceremony this week.
According to Music Feeds:
The band, who were accepting a Classic Record Award for their 1987 album Stunt Clown at the Taite Music Awards, scattered some of their late bandmate Grant Fell’s ashes onto the stage, in a move which some have deemed culturally inappropriate.
Fell, who died of cancer in January, was scattered on the stage by his bandmate Chris Matthews, who told the crowd, “Grant’s in here… I think Grant probably always wanted to play on this stage.”
Watch video of the scattering, below. (The moment happens at 44:30)
Some people found it offensive and inappropriate. What do you think?
No one knows quite what to do now with Grant Fell's ashes on stage #TaiteMusicPrize— Sam Smith (@sgowsmith1988) April 17, 2018
If they’d spoken to ONE Māori person, they’d have known that this is fucking gross and offensive. Headless Chickens loved Grant Fell so much, it was important for him to be part of the awards ceremony.https://t.co/TiqGjrYgfZ— Jared, son of Tūmatauenga (@Jaredknz) April 17, 2018
I mean seriously, this is New Zealand, there’s some shit that isn’t okay by us, the indigenous people and everyone, yes EVERYONE should know it.— Jared, son of Tūmatauenga (@Jaredknz) April 17, 2018