This weekend, french rapper Koba LaD found himself in the middle of a controversy caused by homophobic comments made in his Snapchat story. Since then, several festivals have cancelled his appearance.
The rapper from Evry had shared on Snapchat a screenshot of an article about a homophobic infanticide accompanied by a “well done”. Quickly deleted by Koba LaD, his sharing was nevertheless widely shared on the networks, followed by a wave of protest. His clumsy public apology didn’t help the rapper, who said “I don’t condone the murder or the gay child at all.
Since then, many festivals and other events have removed him from their programming, such as the Main Square Festival, which announced in a press release :
If we want to believe in the awkwardness of a young man whose words may have gone beyond thought in a context of a hyper-connected world, the fact remains that the ideas that have been put forward have no place in the Citadel.
– Main Square Festival
Other festivals followed, such as Garorock, VYV Festival, We Love Green or the Dour Festival.
Koba LaD ne se produira pas au Main Square 2020. pic.twitter.com/zrwNADw5rh
— Main Square Festival (@MainSquareFest) February 18, 2020
— GAROROCK (@garorock) February 18, 2020
(1/3) Les organisateurs du VYV Festival ont pris la décision de déprogrammer la venue de Koba LaD sur l'événement le 13 juin, à Dijon. pic.twitter.com/ZMNFY6cZlT
— Vyv Festival (@Vyv_Festival) February 18, 2020