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On Thursday (March 31), Action Bronson was removed from George Washington University’s Spring Fling lineup that’s taking place this weekend due to actions many have deemed to be misogynistic and transphobic.
Student complaints pointing to misogynistic messages in Bronson’s 2011 song “Consensual Rape” and the video for his song “Brunch” of the same year, as well as comments on social media the rapper has made disparaging the transsexual community, helped get the New York rapper booted from the event.
On Tuesday, The GW Hatchet published an editorial calling for Bronson’s removal. As well, a Change.org petition was launched to add pressure on the university’s program board, gaining 349 signatures before the GWU Program Board announced Bronson’s removal from the bill.
Bronson’s canceled show follows his removal from a Toronto NXNE festival showcase in June last year for the same reasons.
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.” Meanwhile another student group has launched a petition campaign to reinstate the rapper as the Spring Fling headliner.
Read Action’s Statement: