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'Woodstock '99' Viewers Condemn Documentary Minimizing Sexual Assault

Watching Trainrec:Woodstock '99on Netflixis a bit like watching a horror movie I am. I don't know how the new horrors are about to unfold, but I know they will be terrible in the gut. In the water contaminated with feces and the fierce fire, some parts of this documentary series are more disturbing than others. And that's exactly the problem thatTrainrecexplains. Netflix's latest documentary feels as disrespectful of these crimes as the criticizing promoters by skimming the reports of sexual assault in Woodstock '99.

Jamie Crawford's documentary tries to answer how many well-meaning music festivals went wrong. Woodstock '99 is the second time the music festival has tried to capture the magic of the original Woodstock. Kid Rock, DMX, Limp Bizkit, Corn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Metallica and Creed all appeared. But early on, the festival was thought to be destined to fail. These performers attracted more people than any other music festival. The Griffith Air Force Base was not equipped to handle the number of attendees, the heat was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was little or no shade. Things only got worse when the obscene long lines of showers urged someone to break the pipes, creating a field full of mud soaked in sewage, which turned into a sick playground. Among the terrible facilities, price cuts, lack of real security, and poor organization, it was the perfect breeding ground for mobs.

Trainrec: Woodstock '99has a good analysis of the specific events that led to this festival. Have you ever wondered where those fires came from? Simple. As explained in the documentary, the festival promoters handed out lit candles as part of the Colombine rally. But as the night went on, those candles were used to cause some large bonfires. But when it comes to discussing the rape and sexual assault that took place during his event, that consideration and curiosity doesn't exist.

Most of this documentary's reflection on sexual assault occurs towards the end of Episode 3. There are minutes of newsreels, a few sympathetic interviews, and some really scary quotes from promoter John Scher. that's all. There are no interviews with survivors, and there is not even clear media coverage of how many incidents have occurred. By the way, about half of Episode 1's 40-minute run time reflects the original Woodstock heritage. Sexual assault takes about 3 minutes of streaming time.

Insulting the injury and a brief discussion of the sexual assault ofTrainlekdepends on Shell's view of what happened. “Woodstock was actually like a small town,” Shah says in the final episode. "Given everything, a city of that size will probably have as many rapes. I don't tolerate it. It was wrong. It was terrible. Catch everyone and jail I wish I had put it in. But given that there were 200,000 people there, it wasn't gaining enough momentum, so of course, except for the woman where it happened, the scene

This caused Scher to be "critical to hundreds of women walking around undressed and hoping to be untouched." This is the answer after that. Many viewers use Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with Scher's comments.

I watched the documentary of# TrainwreckWoodstock99on Netflix. However, I think the numerous supported reports of sexual assault and rape deserve more than four minutes of negative debate at the end of Part III.# Woodstock99

— Tom (@tdnightingale)August 3, 2022

Note that there are some Please interview subjects who are properly feared and resentful of what happened. Corn lead singer Jonathan Davis scored a big point on the internet by saying "Girls should be as enjoyable as men."

Similarly, the late promoter Michael Lang said what happened to women at this event was "really scary" and "we were responsible for what happened to women." Said. He also said that these assaults happened "secretly", but he was the only head to properly trust what happened.

But even in the face of these well-meaning responses, the way Trainwreck handles these attacks is frustrating. Most of the final episode is dedicated to explaining the cause of the festival fire and how the water became infected with sewage. Compared to these well-studied deep dives, the sexual abuse that took place in Woodstock '99 is not an event that may have permanently changed a woman's life, but in another annoying detail of a bad festival. It is being tackled as if it were. Even more insulting is the photographs used by documentaries. There are several pictures of a surfing woman groping. It is clear that Crawford and Garrett Price intended to use these images to disprove Shah's negative claims. But without testimony from the survivors, these women turn into props again.

This does not mean thatTrainwreck: Woodstock '99is a bad documentary. But it's frustrating. If the documentary changed the way it approached sexual assault, it would be a much more honest portrayal of the festival's real nightmare.

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