Action Bronson cut from a second US college spring concert
The rapper is under fire for lyrics considered to be homophobic, transphobic and misogynist
Getty Tom Mendelsohn, 22nd April 2016 Action Bronson has been stripped from the bill of a second American university's spring concert as a result of controversial lyrics that have recently come to light.
Already banned from headlining George Washington University’s Spring Fling in Washington DC, the New York rapper will also now no longer appear at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, following a successful petition organised by the student body.
In a post on Facebook, the students responsible for booking entertainments at the college said that they "took the petition … and the views expressed in the comment section very seriously" after being made aware of the content of "Consensual Rape", an unreleased song the New Yorker recorded in 2011.
“In the beginning of March we were made aware of the severity and depth of some of Action Bronson’s lyrics," a representative wrote on the Trinity College Barnyard Entertainment Facebook page.
"We began to create a strategy to keep members of our community safe and began drafting our response to the backlash that we anticipated. Following news that Action Bronson was being removed as the headlining artist for Spring Weekend at The George Washington University, our executive-board committee voted on March 31st to remove Action Bronson from our Spring Weekend concert because of his lyrics, music, videos, and the misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia that they promote.”
Bronson has yet to respond to this latest development, but in a statement relating to his removal from GWU's Spring Fling, he said: “I understand that when it comes to musicians, and more specifically rappers, the lyrics I say are taken to heart many times as a representation of my beliefs or true feelings. SO please let me make this very clear: I think rape and acts of violence toward woman are DISGUSTING. I would never condone anything remotely close to that type of behavior, and it’s certainly not what I’m about at all. But, the song in question has caused people discomfort and pain and I’m sincerely sorry about it.”