Former URB cover star, and current Jay-Z signed rising star Jay Electronica apparently ruffled a few feathers at this weekend’s Manifesto fest in Toronto, where the MC reportedly stated onstage that “All women like to be choked during sex,” and then went on the lead the crowd in a chant about choking, according to one posting on Facebook.
The festival organizers have already issued a statement condemning Electronica’s performance, stating:
We are disappointed and disheartened that someone whose conscious artistry we felt would be worthwhile to share, chose to abuse the platform given to communicate opinions which were extremely hurtful. His remarks – which seemed to legitimize sexualized violence against women – were uncalled for and sadly cast a cloud over an otherwise overwhelmingly positive event. We apologize for enabling that to occur, and are taking steps to ensure that we prevent something like this from ever happening again. We empathize with all who felt injured by his statements – especially those who have fallen victim to gender or sexual violence.
Of course, this line of thought has been a regular part of Electronica’s performance for some time. So if the organizers are acting surprised, it’s clear that they didn’t really know much about the artist they were booking. Watching these two clips where Electronica talks about violent sex, it’s hard to tell if he’s advocating, condemning or just plain wacky. All of the above most likely.
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