Under The Mask: Read Keytar Bear’s statement on his Faneuil Hall attack and the outpouring of support from Boston

As Boston spent the past few days rising up, raising money and coming together for a benefit show for Keytar Bear, the anonymous street performer has remained oddly silent. Last night, after meeting with Boston friends, the furry musician has released a statement to Vanyaland, thanking the city and offering forgiveness to his attacker. He has not filed a police report.

Full fundraising campaign and May 8 benefit show details after the Bear’s word on everything that’s gone down since he was attacked in Faneuil Hall

Dear Boston, I don’t have a TV or a computer. Last night I found out about all of the news coverage and fundraising going on in response to my getting hurt. I have never known such kindness and generosity in my life and am overwhelmed by your efforts. Thank you for your outpouring of well wishes and support. I feel happy and free when I play my music for you on the street. I like how you dance and sometime sing along. I cannot perform for you in my present condition but hope to pop up around town as soon as possible. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To the person who hurt me, I forgive you for punching me and breaking my nose after taking a photo with me downtown last week. I forgive your friends who filmed it too. You were grooving and being nice and friendly and then smashed my face. You do not have to act this way. You can be a good person if you want to be. It’s your choice. I have decided not to file a police report immediately so you can have a chance to step up and take responsibility for your actions before the police come knocking on your door.

Our peaceful journey continues,

Keytar Bear

The Indiegogo campaign to raise money for Keytar Bear has reached $5,000 after only a few days. And the fundraiser event originally planned for Workbar on May 8 has been moved to the Middle East in Cambridge. More than 500 people have RSVP’d, Freezepop will perform live, and Chris Ewen of dance party Heroes will DJ. Special guests are expected.

Click here for video of the attack
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