Calls for the SHOEY to be banned after an American rapper was ‘objectified’ by punters to drink from his shoe at a music festival: ‘Embarrassed to be Australian’
- Aussies have come under fire for calling ‘shoey’ at artists during live music gigs
- Tyler, the Creator was hassled by fans at Splendour in the Grass and in Sydney
- After the rapper said he would not bow down to peer pressure, they all booed
- Many other artists at the Byron Bay festival were urged to drink from their shoe
- Critics have spoken out to say the chant is embarrassing and should be banned
It is one of Australia’s iconic traditions that doubles up as both a hazing punishment or celebratory ritual – made increasingly popular by famed sportsmen like Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo and UFC fighter Tai Tuivasa.
But the shoey – the practice of pouring alcohol into a sweaty shoe then sculling it – has come under attack as critics – including prominent Australian musicians – call for it to be banned after an American rapper was left ‘objectified’ by punters at a popular festival.
Tyler, The Creator, was performing at Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay last month when his show was repeatedly disrupted by members of the crowd chanting ‘Shoey’.
He was not the only musician who was subjected to the cry – which made a regular appearance during many acts.
Tyler was again acquainted with the unusual request to drink from his shoe when his Call Me If You Get Lost tour visited Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena last weekend.
There are calls for the ‘shoey’ chants to be banned from live music festivals.