Finnish pop singer speaks out about being sexually harassed at concerts

Idols contestant Pete Parkkonen has given an interview about how releasing an erotic music video two years ago has caused audience members to grope him at gigs. 

Tabatha Leggett
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Why this story matters:

In the story recommended below, Pete Parkkonen explains that men in Finland rarely speak up about cases of sexual harassment because the issue is perceived to be embarrassing.

As he reflects on his ten-year career, Parkkonen has decided to speak out about his experiences.

He says that whilst he had been groped by the occasional audience member before, the release of "Kohta sataa" meant that he was regularly getting groped and sexually harassed at his concerts. 

He is concerned that Finnish men find it inappropriate to talk about sexual harassment, but is hopeful that men are starting to open up and talk more. 

Details from the story:

  • Pete Parkkonen is a Finnish singer who rose to fame ten-years-ago as a contestant on the talent show Idols.
  • Two-years-ago he appeared naked in the music video for his single "Kohta sataa". It was the first music video in Finland that presented a man in such an erotic way.
  • Parkkonen explains that presenting himself a sex object in that video changed the way audiences treated him at gigs.
  • He is hopeful that speaking out will encourage other people to talk about their experiences more openly. 
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