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This Podcast Network Is Shutting Down Following Abuse Allegations Against Its Founder

(Last Updated On: December 27, 2017)

If you are a podcast fiend, chances are high you are acquainted with at the least one podcast housed below the Feral Audio umbrella. The podcast community, based in 2012, is dwelling to exhibits like Chelsea Peretti’s Call Chelsea Peretti, the beloved sleep-aiding day by day present Sleep With Me, the feminist satire Reductress Presents: Mouth Time!, and We’re No Doctors, a present about well being and medication hosted by Busy Phillips and comic Steve Agee.

Following a searing indictment of Feral Audio founder Dustin Marshall’s abusive habits, the longer term availability of those podcasts is unsure. On December 21, Marshall’s ex-girlfriend, Potty Mouth band member Abby Weems, posted a protracted overview of her relationship with Marshall. She claims Marshall was jealous, controlling, and violently unpredictable whereas they had been relationship because of his Borderline Personality Disorder, and exhibited behaviors of stalking after they broke up. “I want poeple, especially women, to know that he’s dangerous,” Weems wrote.

Four days later, Marshall responded to Weems’ allegations with a protracted publish on his private Tumblr. In his assertion, he outlined that he deliberate to take accountability for his actions, validated lots of Weems’ allegations, and addressed each his analysis with Borderline Personality Disorder and his drug and alcohol addictions.

Marshall additionally said he was stepping away from Feral Audio in order that he might obtain psychological well being therapy. “To Feral Audio artists, after six years, I can no longer have the pressure of running a company, continue this lifestyle and be mentally healthy…Since Feral Audio is forever married to my name, i [sic] am dissolving it so no dark cloud should ever be above your work,” he wrote.

What will occur to Feral Audio’s many podcasts? Its web site says the podcasts are “100% creator-owned,” so ostensibly creators can proceed to provide with out worrying about rights to mental property. But they might want to transfer their present work to a brand new distributor, and in lots of circumstances, discover new manufacturing help employees. As for the way forward for Feral Audio itself, Feral Audio’s president, Jason Smith, promised followers on Twitter that an announcement would come quickly. He additionally supplied wholehearted help to Weems.

There’s hypothesis that Feral Audio’s podcasts might be migrating over to Starburns Industries’ new podcast enterprise, SBI: Audio. Feral Audio has been in partnership with Starburns since 2016. In a Facebook publish from December 26, the day after Marshall’s announcement, Starburns Industries introduced that three Feral Audio podcasts (and “more”) can be making the leap to SBI: Audio.

Aside from the hurt Marshall brought on to Weems, his habits could have repercussions for the Feral Audio’s podcast creators, lots of whom are vocal, visionary girls. A sampling: Feral Audio was the unique dwelling dwelling of My Favorite Murder, the wildly fashionable true-crime podcast which has since moved to Midroll Media. Currently, Feral Audio hosts Glowing Up With Esther and Caroline, run by comic Esther Povitsky and Caroline Goldfarb, who runs the twitter web page @OfficialSeanPenn. Cameron Esposito’s podcast, Queerty, options a number of the most influential members of the LGBTQ+ group. Chelsea Peretti interviews your entire favourite celebrities on Call Chelsea Peretti. Recently, Ethnically Ambiguous With Anna and Shereen was launched, throughout which two girls hosts talk about being a Middle Easterner in America.

Now, every podcast should decide about their subsequent steps. Public responses from podcasts are coming in progressively. Doughboys has requested for time in saying its subsequent step.

The founding father of Sleep With Me has chosen to go unbiased absolutely.

In a latest disturbing twist, Marshall expressed suicidal sentiments in a Twitter ballot asking followers whether or not he ought to take his life or not.

This is a breaking information story. Refinery29 has reached out to Dustin Marshall and CEO Jason Smith for remark. We will replace with updates as they develop into out there.

If you’re fascinated with suicide, please name the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.

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