According to an email sent by event organizer Alki David to the publication, the alleged reason for the concert’s cancellation is due to opposition from St. Sabina Catholic Church’s Rev. Michael Pfleger.
“The meddling, attention seeking Father Pfleger, who bullied the owner of the downtown theater to back out of his contract, will not succeed,” David said. “He is exploiting this tragedy and taking money away from the victims and solid charities who are doing good work in Chicago.”
The Redmoon Theater was slated to be the venue for the performance, that later issued a statement revealing they didn’t “understand the full nature of the event.” They also stated they had no direct contact with Father Pfleger, who backed up the establishment’s affirmation.
In a previous Facebook post, Pfleger called out Chief Keef for not focusing on trying to put an end to the Windy City’s rampant violence.
“Chief Keef has announced that he will hold a benefit concert to raise funds for his friend and the baby who were killed this past weekend….REALLY…Chief Keef is one of the reasons we have all this violence…he has been one of the encourager’s of the violence…..Instead of having a concert…why doesn’t he man up and acknowledge it’s time to stop this violence and APOLOGIZE for his part in it!!!! we don’t need a concert…we need PEACE……7 DEAD and 24 SHOT this weekend and he wants to do a concert…..Chief Keef….SHUT UP!!!!!”
The “Kobe” rapper also released a statement on Monday (July 13) siding with Pfleger’s sentiments. “I’m with the ‘Stop The Violence’ campaign. That’s why I paintball now. Everybody go pick up some paintball lessons, go to the field,” he said. “I think it’s a big deal to do that. It’s crazy back home. I’m glad to be someone that people can look up to and listen to. I’m glad that I can be able to change the situation and the scenery that’s going on around Chicago. I love my city still.”