4/5/2019 – Deutsche Welle
Armando Vega Gil, a bass player from the Mexican band Botellita de Jerez, said he did not want to make anyone responsible for his suicide. Yet in his final post on Twitter, he wrote, “My death is not a confession of guilt. To the contrary, it is a radical declaration of my innocence.”
Prior to his death, he had been accused by an anonymous woman of sexual abuse when she was 13 years old. The woman posted the accusation on Twitter with the hashtag #MeTooMusicosMexicanos (#MeTooMexicanMusicians), a social media campaign encouraging women to bring their experiences with harassment in the music industry to light.
A blow to Mexico’s feminists?
Two days after the musician’s death by suicide on Monday, the social media account that published hundreds of harassment claims against Mexican artists suspended its activities. The campaign’s promoters lamented the death of Vega Gil and apologized for harm caused, while also reiterating the accusations leveled against more than 15 Mexican musicians.