Queens MC Action Bronson is very popular with his fans all over the world. As comes with popularity are haters and controversy.
Action was removed from a George Washington University concert that he was headlining because of his lyrical content that talks about violence against women, homophobia and even an old instagram post where made some insensitive statements about transgendered people.
Students at George Washington University in Washinton, DC created a petiton that students signed to have him axed from the show. They talk about his song “Concensual Rape” where he describes the drugging and raping of a women. This started the process that got him booted. The University made the below statement via Twitter regarding the situation:
The Program Board has decided to remove Action Bronson from Saturday’s setlist. Read our full statement here. pic.twitter.com/l74Q4biyxP
— GW Program Board (@GWPB) March 31, 2016
Bronson fired back on Facebook defending himself:
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 makes a good point about not only Hip Hop, but music in general and I feel the same way and have discussed it many times. Music is art and some Hip Hop artists write lyrics that tell a story, a fictional story. It is no different than a director making a movie. The stories that are told are not seen as a reflection of the director’s true feelings. No one has an issue when it comes to movies so it should be the same for music.
Action came across the same situation in Toronto last year at the NXNW music festival when a similar petiton got him removed from a free public concert at a downtown square.
I understand the motives of people who take actions like this to censor artists and they are doing it for the right reasons, but people need to look more into the artist and see if this is truly how they feel and represent. If George Washington University had a discussion about this with Action Bronson this could have been resolved and fans would have a chance to see him and experience what he has to offer.