Action Bronson removed from Toronto festival bill following complaints about rape lyrics

Over 40,000 people have signed online petition urging organisers to reconsider the decision to book Bronson

Action Bronson has been removed from the bill at a Canadian festival following protests against the rapper and some of his song lyrics.

The rapper was due to perform a free show at NXNE in Toronto on June 21 at the Yonge-Dundas Square city owned stage.

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However, a Change.org petition was started online in protest at the booking with organisers citing the lyrics to Bronson’s 2011 song ‘Consensual Rape’ as being offensive.

The song has never been played live but includes lyrics such as ” Then dig your shorty out cuz I geeked her up on molly” and ” If seven dudes are in the room then she’s pleasing them”. Petition organizer Erica Shiner claimed Action Bronson “glorifies gang-raping and murdering women,” in the petition.

Initially organisers of the festival maintained that Bronson’s performance would go ahead as planned. However, that decision has now been reversed and a statement issued by NXNE managing director Sara Peel yesterday (May 29) confirmed that Bronson’s performance has been moved.

“We at Northby Northeast (NXNE) are very proud of our 20 plus years relationship with the people of the City of Toronto,”Peel wrote. “And for almost 10 years we’ve shared Yonge-Dundas Square with you to present free, all ages shows open to the public. YDS is the city’s space and as such we are obliged to listen to how the city and community want it used. A significant number of Torontonians have indicated their desire to have Action Bronson not perform at the Square. As annual guests in this space we feel we must accede to the strong wishes of the community and honour their input.

Billboard reports that Bronson could still perform in Toronto on June 21, but on a privately owned stage.

Bronson tours the UK in September. The stint will kick off at London’s Roundhouse on September 13, with the rapper then traveling to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol later in the month. See the full schedule below.

The rapper released ‘Mr Wonderful’, his first album released on a major label after signing with Atlantic Records, earlier this year. It followed a series of mixtapes, including the ‘Blue Chips’ series, produced by Bronson and production team Party Supplies.

Speaking about his new record to NME last year, Action Bronson commented: “The album is sounding incredible. The whole album is a standout. I don’t care about individual songs, I’m trying to make a complete, classic project. I just do my music uninfluenced by anybody else, or current trends, and it comes together at the end. Nothing needs to have a fucking theme all the time. This is just rap. I’m not trying to make people think I’m some sort of scientific wizard or inspirational poet. Fuck that! It’s just happy, funny, rugged, rough rap.”

Bronson will play:

London Roundhouse (September 13)
Glasgow O2 ABC (15)
Manchester The Ritz (16)
Birmingham The Institute (18)
Bristol O2 Academy 1 (19)