A petition has been started to remove Giegling co-founder Konstantin from various the ADE lineup in 2018. He was widely criticized, and rightfully so, for making sexist comments in a Groove Magazine article where he said DJing makes women look “manly,” he thinks “women are usually worse at DJing than men” and women are “disproportionally promoted” compared to men. Now people want him removed from several parties he has been booked for this year, among them The Black Madonna, Octo Octa and Discwoman.
Following the article’s publication, Giegling was dropped from Sunfall Festival, but he has remained a pretty steady fixture on the clubbing circuit around the Europe, including gigs with Ibiza’s Circoloco.
He has three gigs at ADE: a Giegling showcase at SkateCate, a joint Circoloco and Loveland party at Mediahaven, and a NGHTDVSN and Next Monday’s Hangover event at Het Sieraad.
The petition admits that sexism is still a big problem in DJing and is not exclusive to him or Giegling.
“Sexism is not a problem exclusive to this DJ, nor to the Giegling crew. Yet, the fact that they have failed to adequately address his views, and have continued to stand by him, should be taken seriously by everyone in our community: bookers, agents, promoters, audiences and other DJs alike.”
They say this is an opportunity to help address some of that sexism.
“The industry, coming together at ADE, has an opportunity to directly address the issue of sexism through booking practice. One that is currently far from a 50/50 divide on line-ups and behind the scenes.”
A growing number of writers, DJs, bookers, promoters and more have signed the petition. You can check it out here.