Action Bronson Issues Public Apology After George Washington University Fallout
Action Bronson made a public apology after he was cut from a college appearance in Washington, D.C.
According to Pitchfork, the rapper was expected to perform at George Washington University’s “Spring Fling” event this weekend until a petition was created to drop him over his alleged “misogynist and transphobic,” lyrics about women and the LGBT community. Sarah Blugis, the school’s paper’s opinions editor, published an editorial about the rapper’s lyrics and disappointment in the school’s decision to have him perform at the event.
“I have a hard time understanding any possible justification for bringing Bronson to GW, especially given the importance students here place on progressive advocacy,” Blugis writes. “Sexual assault prevention and LGBT inclusivity are two of the most prominent issues on campus, yet Bronson is the antithesis of those two causes. Choosing Bronson blatantly ignores survivors on our campus – as well as all the prevention advocacy students have spent so much time on over the last several years.”
His 2011 track “Consensual Rape” and “Brunch” video where he is seen dragging and murdering a woman perceived as his partner were addressed. Students believed the rapper’s lyrics glorify rape culture, where most incidents go unreported. The petition raised the 349 required signatures and later le the George Washington University Program Board’s decision to dismiss him. In a Facebook post-Thursday evening, the rapper readdressed his lyrics and apolog to various communities.
“I think rape and acts of violence toward woman are DISGUSTING,” he said. “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. It was not my intention to hurt people when I made it years ago, and I certainly will be much more sensitive on this matter moving ahead.”
The focus on the songs caused canceled shows in the past. In May 2015, the rapper was pulled from the North by Northeast (NXNE) Music Festival in Toronto. His reaction was more aggressive as he defended his work.
D.C native GoldLink will headline the concert as well as Lean Quatifah.
But the trial is not over yet. There are now students urging others to reinstate the rapper at “Spring Fling.” Campus group “Overheard at GW” so far has received 570 supporters. Bronson or GW have responded to the turnaround.