John Scher, promoter for Woodstock 99, grew to become a villain on-line for his portrayal on “Trainwreck: Woodstock 99,” and was referred to as a “rape apologist” by Twitter customers for his feedback on 4 rapes and lots of extra sexual assaults reported on the three-day competition. He’s nonetheless working within the leisure business as we speak.
“Woodstock was like a small metropolis, you realize? All issues thought of, I’d say that there would in all probability be as many or extra rapes in any sized metropolis of that… nevertheless it wasn’t something that gained sufficient momentum in order that it brought on any on-site points, aside from, after all, the ladies it occurred to,” he stated on the Netflix documentary.
The three-day competition additionally ended with three deaths and 60 accidents. Organizer Michael Lang was additionally criticized on-line, however to a lesser extent. Lang died shortly after filming ended. Learn extra about him right here.
“Fred Durst, who, if I haven’t stated sufficient occasions, is a whole a****** … a moron,” Scher stated, based on Selection. “He was utterly out of his thoughts.”
Right here’s what that you must know:
Scher Is The President of an Leisure Marketing consultant Firm, Metropolitan Leisure Consultants
Scher owns his personal media consulting firm, Metropolitan Leisure Consultants, based on his LinkedIn web page. He began the enterprise greater than 50 years in the past.
“Multifaceted leisure firm concentrating on live performance manufacturing, artist administration,theatrical manufacturing, nationwide touring,and consulting numerous venues comparable to Performing Arts Facilities,” he wrote within the description of the corporate. “John Scher was named Pollstar Journal’s Invoice Graham/Promoter of the Yr in 2000, Inducted into Efficiency Journal’s “Touring Corridor of Fame” in 1992” and Efficiency Journal’s prime grossing promoter within the nation 3 times.”
He listed a collection of high-profile artists whose excursions he helped to supply, together with the Grateful Lifeless, Leonard Cohen, Household Values, Whitney Houston and Sarah Brightman. The web page says he managed or helped to handle artists together with the Allman Brothers Band, Lou Reed, Rusted Root and Simon and Garfunkel. He doesn’t reference Woodstock 99 on the web page.
He wrote on the “About” part: “Skilled Chief Govt Officer with a demonstrated historical past of working within the music business. Expert in Music Administration, Manufacturing Administration, Music Licensing, and Theater. Robust enterprise growth skilled.”
His web page says he studied political science at Lengthy Island College from 1968 to 1971.
Scher Is Married to Spouse Sheri & Has Two Kids, Each Daughters
Scher is married to his spouse, Sheri Scher, and the couple has two grownup daughters. He lives in South Orange, New Jersey, together with his spouse. One daughter, Carly, was married August 3, 2019, based on a marriage announcement in The New York Occasions.
“She is a daughter of Sheri M. Scher and John Scher of South Orange, N.J. The bride’s father is a live performance promoter and producer of Broadway theatrical reveals,” the marriage announcement says. “He received a Tony Award for finest particular theatrical occasion for producing ‘Liza’s on the Palace,’ and has additionally been a producer for different reveals, together with ‘Victor/Victoria’ and ‘Rattling Yankees.’ Her mom was stay-at-home father or mother.”
Scher was criticized on-line for his work at Woodstock 99 and for the feedback he made on the Netflix documentary.
“Simply completed watching #TrainwreckWoodstock99 documentary,” one individual wrote on Twitter. “Michael Lang is so silly for freely giving 100,000 candles to a really offended crowd. John Scher is sick piece of s*** & a rape apologist. The entire occasion was mismanaged, specifically the safety.”