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(Courtesy photo) The Orem indie-rock band My Fair Fiend, fronted by Callie Crofts (right), will perform a free concert Saturday, May 17, at Provo's Muse Music Cafe -- a "freedom of expression demonstration" where the band will give out free PacSun T-shirts that were deemed offensive by an Orem woman in February.
Orem band mounts counter-protest against T-shirt ‘censorship’

You may remember the story, from February, of the Orem woman who was so offended by the lingerie-clad models on T-shirts in the window of the local PacSun store that she bought the lot of them and then returned them for a refund.

The Orem indie-rock band My Fair Fiend remembers that story. And frontwoman Callie Crofts decided to do something about it.

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Crofts and her bandmates will conduct an "alternative" protest in the form of a free concert, Saturday at 8 p.m. at Muse Music Cafe, 151 N. University Ave., Provo.

At the concert, My Fair Fiend will give away those same PacSun t-shirts, for free, to the band’s fans.

"One of our local businesses was essentially bullied out of selling merchandise they had every right to sell," Crofts said in a statement. "The personal opinions of a few people have affected the rights of many in our town and, as artists, this is of great concern to us."

Crofts’ anti-censorship anger extends to the Orem City Council, whose members (except one) signed a letter of disapproval to PacSun.

When Crofts went to the PacSun store at Orem’s University Mall, where the whole dust-up started, she was told that the chain’s corporate office forbid the Orem store from selling the "offending" shirts.

So Crofts bought 20 shirts, total price $598, from PacSun online, using what she and the band has earned from their music on iTunes. (Crofts also works part time in a music shop.)

Crofts recently won a songwriting competition at Muse Music Cafe — and the grand prize is a free, recorded show at the venue. Crofts decided to use that award to hold this "freedom of expression demonstration."



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