Action Bronson 'Spring Fling' Show at Trinity College Canceled
Action Bronson lost another college booking this week after officials at Trinity College called off his April 30 Spring Fling performance following protests from students over the rapper's lyrics.
"We took the petition, 'Remove Action Bronson from Trinity College’s Spring Weekend Concert,' which was published on Change.org, and the views expressed in the comment section very seriously," read a Facebook statement credited to the school's president, vice president and Trinity College Barnyard Entertainment. "They were some of the most important factors in our decision to remove Action Bronson from our campus." The cancelation comes just two weeks after Bronson was removed from the bill of a similar show at George Washington University.
The letter from Trinity officials noted that Kehlani will still be performing at the show and that Bronson was originally voted on to perform at Spring Fling in November, but that EAC Barnyard's executive board did not "do a thorough enough check into the content of Actions Bronson's lyrics and music videos." After further vetting and the creation of a strategy to "keep members of our community safe," along with the news of the GWU action, the committee voted on March 31 to cancel Bronson's appearance.
The Change.org petition, which garnered 1,265 signatures, read in part, "We believe that Action Bronson headlining Spring Weekend is an endorsement of violence, specifically against women and minorities." Click here to read the full statement from Barnyard Entertainment and Trinity officials.
Last month the gourmet-chef-turned-MC issued a statement after being removed from GWU's Spring Fling lineup due to actions that some deemed misogynistic, tied to two of his songs, 2011's "Consensual Rape" and the video for a song from the same year, "Brunch."
In response, Bronson wrote an open letter to the students of George Washington University and the public at large, saying, "I can’t continue to walk around with the thought that people are thinking these things about me that are far from who I really am." Asked for a response to the latest lost booking, a spokesperson for Bronson pointed to the same statement.
In Bronson's statement, he wrote that while "Consensual Rape" admittedly contains lyrics and a "general sentiment of violence towards woman," but that it was an artistic expression and was not meant to represent who he is, rather to "depict a story. I approach my music as other types of artists approach their work, and I don’t always intend the stories that I tell, the characters that I play in them or the lyrics I lay down to be taken literally." He also noted that he's never performed the song in concert and has no plans to do so.
"SO please let me make this very clear: I think rape and acts of violence toward woman are DISGUSTING," the Vice/Atlantic Record artist wrote. "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."
Last summer, the NXNE festival responded to a Change.org petition that gathered 37,000 signatures and pulled Bronson from a planned showcase after protesters claimed that Bronson "glorifies gang-raping and murdering women" in "Consensual Rape."