Code Orange Fan Suffers Broken Jaw, Brain Bleeding from Mosh Pit Injury
In recent years I’ve anecdotally noticed a downtick in “pit ninjas,” those vile creatures who spin kick and karate chop in the mosh pit with the sole purpose of showing off how “badass” they and their little twig arms are. Given, my old ass now stays far away from the pit, and perhaps I don’t go to the types of shows that attract these dickheads anymore, but I’d genuinely thought the trend just jumped the shark.
Apparently not: Code Orange fan Emily Jane Hoffman was seriously injured after taking a spin-kick directly to the jaw while standing on the edge of the pit at the band’s January 21st show in Salt Lake City. The kick, which allegedly came with the force of a steel-toed boot, left Hoffman’s jaw broken in four places and her brain bleeding internally; she immediately went unconscious and was carried out by friends and taken to the hospital. Lambgoat reports that she spent six days in the ICU with her jaw wired shut (it will remain so for two weeks), and is now on a liquid diet. Her recovery is expected to take three months.
Over the weekend, Emily finally felt well enough to post about the incident to Facebook:
“I went to the Code Orange show this last weekend at Kilby Court and I left with the worst merch ever. Some guy was there who decided to wear steel toe boots. He round house kicked me in the face. He hit my jaw so hard that it moved the entire thing to one side breaking it in two places on each side. My right side of my jaw was no longer connected to my skull or muscle, it was still in my face because of my skin. I know can give TSA hell every time I go to the airport with the two nose rings and 4 metal plates in my jaw.
“My jaw has been restructured and my brain has stopped bleeding, I’m feeling better but my face still hurts so much. I stayed in the trauma ICU for 6 days, my jaw is wired shut I can’t speak and I have lost 9 pounds in 7 days because I can’t have anything but liquids.
“I had a hard time figuring out what the worst part was about my situation for a bit. Between the medication that is being pumped into me all day everyday. Getting my jaw shattered, having to get reconstructive plates put in, being confined to a bed for the next few weeks. There are many more I could list. I finally figured it out. When you go to a show where there will be moshing and you wear steel toe boots, your intentions are to hurt someone. when you swing kick your feet in your steel boots you’re trying to hurt someone. When you hit someone in the face then you see her unconscious and you run off to not get caught. You’re something else, I really don’t have the words for what you are.
“In case you see this, I’m the girl from the show at Kilby court 1/21/17. This is what my face and smile used to look like. This is what you did. Hope you don’t glance past this post like you did with me.”
Code Orange, for their part, have been supportive. A statement from the band reads as follows:
“Please help support our friend Emily. We have all kinds of different people at these shows, and we have to all take care of each other-always. We’ve played hardcore shows all around the world and this is the first and only time an injury of this nature has taken place, and hopefully the last. We’ve been in contact with her and those around her since the beginning and she knows she’s got our support through this healing process. Our fans are very important to us, and as we continue to grow we all need to protect, support and help each other up.
Emily, we’re wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery! Please keep us posted on your healing process.
To the scumbag fuck who did this to her and ran away: we hope you meet the fate of a thousand Richard Spencers.
And to the putrid pit ninjas of the world still out there: fuck you. You don’t look cool. You look like an idiot. Cut it out.