Action Bronson is “an artist who is not consistent with our values of diversity and inclusion” at George Washington University, according to a statement on the GWU Program Board Facebook page on Thursday announcing Bronson’s removal from the school’s Spring Fling concert this Saturday. As reported at XXL, the board’s decision comes amidst backlash against the New York rapper in an editorial in the school’s student newspaper, The Hatchet, that cited his “history of public transphobia” and criticized his portrayal of women in the 2011 song “Consensual Rape” and the video for his song “Brunch.” A petition asking for him to be dropped from the concert lineup argued that the school “wouldn’t accept a well-known racist performing, even if he said he wouldn’t make racist comments at the performance. The same standard needs to be set here. “
Bronson responded to his dismissal Thursday night by posting an open letter addressed to GWU students and the public on Facebook, in which he explained his feelings on the subject. After defending his material as artistic expression that shouldn’t be taken literally, he wrote: “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 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.” He went on to apologize for any “discomfort and pain” the song may have caused. You can read the full statement here.