Can we collectively roll our eyes right now, please.
During an interview for German magazine Groove, Giegling record label co-founder Konstantin shared his not so appropriate opinion that women are “disproportionately promoted” in the industry and that women are “usually worse at DJing than men”.
This anti-feminist view was revealed by the man when both the interviewer and Konstantin were having a discussion on women in electronic music. Even though the language is a bit difficult to interpret a loose translation further adds that he feels women should not be given as much attention as they get.
He further goes on to mention that he thinks women must change their ways if they are to break through in a male-focused industry: “Thus women who seek careers in male-dominated industries like the DJ business must lose their ‘female qualities’ and become ‘manly’.”
After the reported backlash, Konstantin responded stating his ‘regret.’ “I feel deeply sorry about the words that have been printed. These words are not a direct quote and are in my opinion misleading. I actually learned to DJ from my friend Sarah and of course I don’t think women are worse DJs than men. I completely regret what was said in that private conversation with the journalist where she did not appreciate my bad sense of humour and my habit of taking opposite positions to challenge people, even if it sometimes goes way beyond my own opinion. What was written does not reflect my opinion nor is it at all anything other people from the label would ever say or feel. I accept the journalist’s point on the boy’s club. But we want women to be involved and we were always trying to involve women in our action.”
Following his controversial statements, the Giegling line-up was cancelled to appear at London’s Sunfall festival.
We don’t even know what to say.