On Tuesday (May 26), a petition was created to stop Action Bronson from performing a free show at the Yonge-Dundas Square on June 21 during Toronto’s NXNE music festival. The Queens rapper came under fire for glorifying gang-rape in his song “Consensual Rape.” According to the petition, Bronson’s lyrics in the five-year-old song boast “violent misogyny” and “hate speech.”
“Then dig your shorty out cuz I geeked her up on molly,” Bronson rapped in the song. “Have her eating dick, no need for seasoning/If seven dudes are in the room then she’s pleasing them/Like a trooper, hit her in the pooper.”
The petition also features the cover of his 2013 EP Saab Stories in an attempt to strengthen the argument. As of now, there are almost 6,000 signatures from outraged supporters. Bronson took to Twitter to vent his frustrations about the petition. “It’s so funny the song that is causing these Torontonians to have their panties in a bunch literally has never been performed, ever,” said Bronson.
Eventually, Bronson deleted his angry tweets after the Toronto-based music festival released a statement about the petition the day after it was created, which defended Bronson’s 2012 performance and confirmed his show will still go on.
According to the statement, “Action Bronson performed at Yonge-Dundas Square as part of NXNE in 2012 with Killer Mike, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. It was a positive concert that was described by reviewers as “laid back”, “a lot of fun” and a “world class hip-hop showcase.” NXNE is confident the lineup on June 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square will make for another enjoyable day of music in a public space.”
Not long after the first petition was created, a second petition entitled “Stop Feminist Extremists from Censoring Action Bronson’s Free Speech and his Performance at NXNE” was launched. It’s only received 66 signatures thus far.