The people have spoken. And organizers have taken action. Following a petition to ban Action Bronson from performing at the NXNE Festival in Toronto, he has been removed from the list of performers on the main stage.
As previously reported, a few days ago a T. Dot woman started a petition to bar Bam Bam from the festival, citing his lyrics. “The content of his music glorifies raping and murdering women,” she posted. “It is completely inappropriate that an artist like this be hosted at a venue owned and operated by the City of Toronto, as part of a festival which is funded by various levels of government. It demonstrates that NXNE, the City of Toronto, and Vans Footwear turn a blind eye to rape culture and violence against women. He should not be given a voice through the support of any of the aforementioned groups.” As of today, her petition has been signed nearly 40,000 times.
The uproar over the Queens rapper’s performance has been enough for organizers to pull the plug on his set. They broke the news to fans in an open letter, which you can read in-part, below, saying they still hope to get Bronson to perform, just not on the main stage.
“A significant number of Torontonians have indicated their desire to have Action Bronson not perform at the Square. As annual guests in this space we feel we must accede to the strong wishes of the community and honour their input. As a result, we will not be presenting Action Bronson at Yonge-Dundas Square but, hopefully we will still be presenting Action Bronson as part of Northby. We remain fundamentally committed to presenting this artist on a Toronto stage. We are not moving the Action show because we believe in censoring him or any other artists. In fact, we find the limiting of artistic expression distasteful. When artistic expression is limited, freedom and the evolution of ideas is often the casualty.”
Bronson is finishing up on the first leg of his Mr. Wonderful Tour. Check out his remaining tour dates, below.
May 31 – Houston, TX – House of Blues: http://hoblu.es/2nK
Jun 01 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues: http://hoblu.es/2nL
Sep 10 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
Sep 11 – Isle Of Wright, UK – Bestival
Sep 13 – London, UK – The Roundhouse
Sep 15 – Glasgow, UK – 02 ABC
Sep 16 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Sep 18 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Sep 19 – Bristol, UK – 02 Academy 1
Sep 21 – Paris, France – Trianon
Sep 23 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Melkweg
Sep 25 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Sep 26 – Munich, Germany – Muffathalle
Sep 27 – Brussels, Belgium – AB Hall
Sep 30 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
Oct 2 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
Oct 3 – Oslow, Norway – Rockefeller
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