Like many great activist movements before it, Eat Predators was birthed not by careful planning or preparation, but through spontaneity and great passion.
Actress, activist, and industry survivor Alexa Nikolas felt a calling to protest an all-ages concert in Los Angeles, California upon realizing that a well-known EDM musician and alleged predator would be performing that evening. Knowing the artist’s alleged past with underage victims, Alexa feared for the safety of the attendees and felt the audience deserved full transparency, particularly underage girls. She decided to reach out to her network of fellow survivors and organize a small demonstration.
As for the protest sign? A lightbulb went off almost instantly. Knowing that the event was called Eat the Rich, Alexa decided to write “EAT PREDATORS”, and the name stuck. A movement was born!
With the new slogan in tow, Alexa and her husband, activist and entrepreneur Michael Gray, attended the concert, inserting themselves directly into the audience so their signs were visible to all attendees. As they caught the eye of audience members and the alleged predator himself, a message was sent: survivors will not be silenced, and the public deserves full transparency.
After a favorable response from both survivors and social media followers, Eat Predators transformed from a simple protest slogan to its own activist movement. Eat Predators began protesting sexual abuse and corruption within the music industry through regular demonstrations and social media awareness campaigns.
Since its inception, Eat Predators has grown quickly in size as survivors and allies alike flock to disrupt the music industry and support Alexa’s message: abusers deserve accountability. As an established (brand), Eat Predators continues to expand, providing direct resources for survivors, creating educational content, and demanding justice for those affected by industry abuse.
Today, the power of Eat Predators lies in our creatively disruptive demonstrations and protest signs outside of major companies accused of covering up sexual abuse. Directly naming a person of authority in the hierarchy of power is a tactic that personalizes the message and demands response and reflection from the person or institution that is confronted.