Damn… The Action Bronson haters are in full effect. The Queens native and food lover has been axed from another show. Surprise surprise… it’s another college concert.
Less than a month after being dropped from a show at George Washington University, it’s deja vu all over a again. This time it’s Trinity College’s that is taking action. Students at the Hatrford Connecticut school created a Change.org online petition requesting that Action be removed from the concert because of “the severity and depth of some of Action Bronson’s lyrics”. A statement was made by the school’s Vice President.
I can understand why people would feel this way but these conclusions are being developed without listening to his music or understanding the person that he is.
Action’s team has responded the same way they did after the George Washington University incident, with the same message:
To the Students at George Washington University and the public at large:
I’m writing this letter to hopefully bring clarity to some misconceptions about who I am as an artist and as a person. It has become clear to me that things have reached a point which makes me feel the need to address the issues raised so that we can bring some understanding and healing to the table, so to speak. 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.
Five years ago in 2011, I wrote a song called ‘Consensual Rape’ that admittedly contains lyrics and a general sentiment of violence towards woman which I never meant to represent who I am but 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. The songs I make aren’t any different than a director creating a movie, or an author writing a book meaning they contain scenes or things happen in them that aren’t meant to be anything but an artistic expression- just a song, a book or a film. I’ve never performed ‘Consensual Rape’ at a concert, and I don’t plan to.
Regardless, 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. 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.
Similarly, there has been some attention placed on a insensitive Instagram post I made years ago regarding me inappropriately labelling someone as transexual and being disrespectful to them in a way that is not ok. I have sat with members of the LGBT community recently in an effort to understand how to avoid being hurtful and insensitive towards these issues moving forward. I have never had any issues with anyone’s sexual orientation or gender transitioning. I’m far, far from perfect and I recognize my flaws and I’m making an effort to grow and be a better human.
Thanks for reading this.
Action Bronson, like other MC’s and artists describe situations that may be fictional or non-fictional similar to a directors in movies. These are not representations of the people that are they are. People are ok when directors do it, and this should be viewed the same when any musical artist does.
Check out my previous post about the George Washington situation with Action Bronson for more information on the censorship issues that he has had to endure for some time now.
Keep doing your thing Action! Do let the haters change the way you do your thing!