Violinist Calls Out Coughing Child During Performance

Yakety yak, don't come back

Violinist Calls Out Coughing Child During Performance

Recently, one of the world's most renowned violinists played again after a five-year hiatus. In classical circles, the performance was kind of a big deal. So when a young child kept coughing, Kyung Wha Chung had to speak up.

Bear in mind it was the first time Chung played in Britain in 12 years. So you can imagine enthusiasts were miffed by the continual coughing that overlapped her performance. Eventually the virtuoso herself - who had paused and waited for the coughing to subside only for it to resume - snapped. She interrupted Mozart’s Sonata in G to suggest to the girl's parents that they should “maybe bring her back when she’s older.”

By all accounts the girl wasn't the only one coughing, yet hers was “quite loud and seemed quite aggressive.”

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If it seems cruel of Chung to pick on and single out the child, put yourself in her musical giant shoes for a moment. Here she is, feeling the weight of the comeback pressure in her fingertips. How can she concentrate with all that yakety-yaking going on? If her performance suffers, the critics won't take into account the disturbance.

"We don’t discourage parents or caregivers who wish to bring young people to an evening event and we do where possible check that they are aware of the nature of the event,” said a venue spokesperson, in terms far more diplomatic than I would use.

The fact is, people pay a ridiculous premium for concert seats. They don't want to miss out, even when they are genuinely sick and should be at home sipping a soothing beverage. Yet how is it fair to disturb others, who've equally paid a premium to be there? 
I'm thinking specifically of a recent gig I attended where the middle-aged guy behind me sang—nay, shouted—the lyrics at the top of his lungs, effectively drowning out the actual singer. I get it, bud, you're a FAN. But I didn't pay to hear you...

You want to sing? Do it in the shower. Got a cold and need to cough up a lung? Do everyone a favour and do it snuggled up under your bed covers.

If your kid has a throat frog, take them out into the lobby, give them some water and wait for it to pass. If your kid is "aggressively" coughing, the answer is really quite simple: take them home or wait it out until heading to a concert.



Project97 Reveals Shocking Canadian Sexual Assault Stats

Canadians may be "nice" but we're not exempt from criminal behaviour

Project97 Reveals Shocking Canadian Sexual Assault Stats

Canadians are generally enlightened, but we're not beyond reproach - not at all. After all, numbers speak volumes: 472,000: that's the number women who reported being sexually assaulted in this country. And that's only those who spoke up. How about 97? That's the percentage of assaults that are never recorded as crimes. 

That stat was disturbing enough to prompt magazines from Rogers Media, including Chatelaine, Today's Parent, Flare and Macleans, to embark on a year-long project "examining Canada’s staggering problems with sexual violence."

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This isn't about Ghomeshi or Cosby. But certainly those cases got Canadians talking. All these people you know and some you barely know—your sister, your mother, your best friend, the woman across the road...they  all have stories - and maybe you do, too - and many are finally sharing them.

Why didn't women come forward in the former cases? That was the question skeptics posed when said mega-stars were accused of sexual assault. And a hornet nest opened. The reasons, as it turns out, are as long as your arm.

Even when the person who hurt you isn't famous, or powerful, the idea of coming forward is fraught with complications. Too often the tables turn. Victims feel the spotlight shift. What were you wearing? Were you drinking? What did you do to provoke it?

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Because the default position of many was that surely you must have been at least partially responsible for bringing this horrible thing that happened onto yourself.

97 percent not recorded as crimes.

And even if you do go through with it, and have to live through the incident all over again, will you actually find justice? As Chatelaine points out, many women feel that instead of offering them protection, the legal system is biased and ultimately will not serve them.

“The best solution, if there is such a thing, is for people to know that it’s not going to be quiet anymore,” said Toronto MPP, Cheri DiNovo, who as part of the project admitted to being raped by an ex-boyfriend. “This is not going to be hush-hush.”

We applaud these media players for continuing the conversation that has just begun in Canada. Check out Project97. Let's all do our part to bring down that number.


Female Gamer Responds to Trolls Where it Hurts: Their MOMS

What happens online doesn't always stay online

Female Gamer Responds to Trolls Where it Hurts: Their MOMS

For all of its strong suits, social media can really suck sometimes. Cowards and bullies freely hurl vitriol online without fear of a rebuke IRL. A game reviewer who was trolled found a novel way of dealing with threats: she went straight to the top, and got in touch with trolls parents.

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When it occurred to Alanah Pearce that those vile online messages may not be stem from adults but boys in the 10-15 age bracket, the 21-year-old Australian took matters into her own hands. She got in touch with moms via Facebook, urging them to discuss "a concerning message" with their sons.

“It turns out that mostly they’re young boys and the problem is they don’t know any better, so responding to them rationally didn’t resolve the situation," said Pearce. "And it got to the point where their comments were starting to make me feel really uncomfortable."

Though only one parent out of the four contacted replied, Pearce was satisfied that her point got across loud and clear. The mother's response—"Omg, little s**t. IM SO SORRY. YES I WILL TALK TO HIM!"—was retweeted 36,000 times.

And she has more than delivered on her promise. Not only did her son write Pearce a letter of apology, the mom plans to visit schools to talk about online harassment and bullying.
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Misogyny is rampant online, with one in four women between 18 and 24 being stalked or sexually harassed, according to a recent study. The male-dominated gaming industry is a particularly hostile place for women. And though sites like Twitter provide the option to report abuse, it is very difficult to bring about legal action against users, especially if they happen to be minors. And they know it.

"’s not okay to be sexist to women, even if they’re on the Internet,” said Pearce. “[Women] are real people and that there should be actual consequences for that.”

Let this be a cautionary tale to kids (and parents) to gauge the brevity of their words. Even if "you didn't really mean it" if you SAY it, there are consequences that align with that action, and sometimes the fallout will come from the harshest of all sources: Your MOTHER.