As you may or may not know, Boston hardcore/post-hardcore band Vanna
were the victims of a van break-in
while on tour in Atlanta several days ago. A GoFundMe was subsequently launched by their manager to help cover losses, and thus far, the campaign has raised over $11,000. That's a great show of support for the band right there.
While this was happening, we received three separate emails (from different people) complaining that members of the band were playing the dice game Cee-lo. Apparently a handful of photographs were posted by said members via Snapchat (relevant Snapchat usernames sent to us include mr_pastuszak and mylegsgavein). One of them, to which somebody (not us) obviously added some text, can be seen below.
Here was the most passionate of the emails we received:
"Vanna was robbed yesterday in Atlanta and in response set up a GoFundMe me account which raised over eleven thousand dollars in one day. While this GoFundMe was being bumped all across the Internet the guys in Vanna were playing $100 cee-lo (dice) games in a hotel room. Pictures to prove it. This needs to be reported as it is clear that this band is profiting from their fans, claiming to be penniless, having lost everything, while simultaneously sitting in a hotel room gambling hundred of dollars. Photos can be provided. Captions included. Photos are still on members snap chats that were sent out to certain people in hopes of not being exposed"
Make of this what you will. We have no proof that Vanna was playing Cee-lo this weekend (photos could have been old). Furthermore, while not particularly tactful, gambling money while receiving donations doesn't negate the necessity of raising funds to offset a robbery. The two aren't mutually exclusive. Besides, aren't dudes in bands slumming it across the country to play hardcore entitled to a little windfall?
Any way you slice it, there are at least a few people out there not too happy with the band at the moment.