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The internet has been blowing up after hearing about the death of David Bowie.

Bowie, 69, died on Sunday, only two days after his birthday from cancer. Given his icon status, thousands of fans are taking to the internet to share their condolences and share the influences and inspiration he’s’ given to them.

While many are sharing his superstar moments, some are sharing some things from his past that highlight a different side of Bowie. It turns out that  Bowie engaged in sex with underage girls (as young as 13) who were part of the Baby Groupie scene back in the 70’s. Baby Groupies included girls like Lori Mattix, Sable Starr, Lynn Koenigsaecker, among others, of underage girls who were in varying degrees of sexual relationships with several different rock stars of the time.

It’s not even just Bowie. The likes of Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, and many more have engaged in this same behavior. Ted Nugent even became the legal guardian of his 17-year-old girlfriend to avoid getting flack for their relationship. It’s not like it’s very secretive, simply Googling will suffice.

Though he’s helped many folks realize their gender and sexual identity, while he impacted the gender binary, it’s imperative to credit most of that – along with the acceptance he was shown by pop culture – to the fact that he was white, male, and wealthy. What would his career have looked like had he been Black or Brown? Notice how we’ve been so quick to denounce R. Kelly and Bill Cosby for their pedophilia and sexual assaults, which is warranted, while Bowie gets glorified? (This is anti-Blackness at play.) We’re so quick to forgive, dismiss and overlook sexual abuse  from white men and continue to coddle and protect them via institutional structures. It’s time we start prioritizing the voices, and experiences of victims and survivors of sexual assault.

This has been an ongoing issue in pop culture for far too long. Artists seem to, often times, have an affinity for young girls.

Despite him having cancer, despite his celebrity, it’s completely understandable that people would be talking about him raping young women, even in death. The fact is, Bowie had many sexual interactions with teenage girls, and occasionally bragged about it. Even the girls who acknowledge that their interactions with him were consensual, that still makes him a statutory rapist and pedophile. While his music and art has impacted the lives of countless fans, it’s time to start dialogue about why we find it so easy to overlook him taking advantage of girls who were impressionable, vulnerable, and unable to consent. There isn’t a single thing wrong with folks bringing it up.  After all — Hollywood can hide some pretty dark secrets.

 

Featured Image: Flickr user evikk via Creative Commons

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Nik Moreno is a 22-year-old, Chicano, disabled, Queer, Nonbinary-Guy hailing from south Texas, but currently living in northeast Pennsylvania. He’s been an activist and community organizer since 2011. He’s very passionate about intersectional feminism, activism and advocacy against ableism and sanism (for folks with disabilities and mental illnesses), and writing zines and articles to continue to educate about institutional power structures. Eventually he plans to go to College as a Cosmetology major and continue to write, advocate, and educate to shatter the white supremacist, cis/hetero patriarchy!

Comments
  • seven williams

    david bowie was innocent. lori was a liar

    May 30, 2021
  • CrimsonChin

    I googled it as you suggested and could only find articles discussing the accusation and a Daily Mail article… The accuser (14 at the time not that that’s any better but this article seems to be intentional misinformation for clickbait) was not a reliable witness and before you call “victim shaming”, take your advice and read the information surrounding this. The accuser claimed she and her friend had a threesome with Bowie while her friend when questioned admitted it never happened. She chose to become a groupie at 13 because she was enamored with the lifestyle, and ended up living as a queen in the groupie scene with as many free drugs as she wanted off the back of her accusation. It’s difficult in this current climate to call a rape accusation a lie, it seems safer to just condemn the accused but there has to be a line, this is not a credible person.

    Bowie refused a kissing scene in the Labyrinth because of the age difference between himself and Connely. This is an attempt to drag the name of a good man through the mud. Bowie was a champion of diversity, as the author admitted before trying to discredit him with clickbait that is clearly a lie.

    May 22, 2021
  • Anonymous

    Race has NOTHING to do with this. It is wrong regardless of a persons race, gender, profession etc. Its pretty common knowledge famous ppl tend to get away with these things for along time simply due to their social status.

    Apr 24, 2021
  • Anonymous

    It’s not even a race thing. It was the era. Doesn’t make it right, but we can’t help that sexual abuse wasn’t taken as seriously back then as it is today. We can’t go back and change it. So before you make this a race thing when it’s not, you should consider that everything was different back in the 70’s.

    Apr 1, 2021
  • bork

    “To compare David Bowie having consensual sex with teenagers…”
    It’s not exactly consensual sex if they’re teenagers… >_>

    Jan 30, 2021
  • The people defending these scumbags are disgusting and hopefully haven’t procreated….it was the 70’s and it was abhorrent then!

    Sep 26, 2020
  • Anonymous

    Bowie took the virginity of 14 year old Lorri Mattix if anyone’s wondering

    Sep 20, 2020
  • Anonymous

    Where is the proof of the claim that he had sex with a girl at age 13. You didn’t provide any proof

    Aug 19, 2020
  • Anonymous

    wtf there is a saying never meet your heroes unfortunately this is true

    Jun 1, 2020
  • Lisa Wohlhuter

    To compare David Bowie having consensual sex with teenagers to Bill Cosby’s situation is sickening. Cosby was drugging and raping people. Also it was a different time then. But the BIG thing is Bowie was Not raping anyone.

    May 22, 2020
  • Anonymous

    It has less to do with race and more to do with the era. It was a fucked up time. Marvin Gaye did it too. RIP to both

    May 4, 2020
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