Conor Oberst

The Sad, Strange Aftermath of the Conor Oberst Rape Accusations

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Cometh the news, cometh the thinkpieces. The news that Joanie Faircloth — the woman who, in January, accused Conor Oberst of having raped her a decade ago — has withdrawn her accusations has thrown the spotlight back on the whole sorry case. And despite the fact that he’s essentially had his name cleared, the commentary has, again, not been kind to the singer. Take, for instance, this piece that ran yesterday in the Daily Dot, wherein author Chris Osternhorf makes the point that Oberst being cleared of a false rape accusation is likely to make him a de facto hero to MRA types. This is probably true; what’s less defensible is the continuing speculation about Oberst’s guilt, and the idea that he was somehow morally obliged to have handled things differently.
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Breaking: Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Recants Accusations

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In January this year, Conor Oberst was the subject of a rape accusation that was posted as a comment on xoJane and quickly sent the Internet into a rabid fit of speculation and finger-pointing. Today, his accuser — Joanie Faircloth of North Carolina — issued a public statement recanting the accusations, calling them “100% false” and explaining that she “made [them] up … to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness.” The statement — of which Flavorwire has seen a signed and notarized scan — publicly retracts the allegations and apologizes to the singer. It’s not clear yet whether Oberst will continue to pursue his libel action against Faircloth.
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The Internet’s Dangerous, Opportunistic Speculation on Conor Oberst’s Rape Accusations Needs to Stop

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I wasn’t going to write about the Conor Oberst rape accusations, because the last thing the internet needs is more noise over allegations that no one has any way of knowing are true or false. But the way this whole thing is playing out is both depressing and mildly terrifying. Virtually as soon as the accusations were posted, the internet went crazy, and not in a great way. First it was the accusations going viral on Tumblr, and then it was irresponsible commentary pieces like this, in which a writer explains that she believes the accusations because she had a similar experience. Now, Tumblr discussion of Oberst has become a cesspool of unfounded assumptions and increasingly frightening attempts to out and/or discredit the accuser. People. We need to stop.
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