Action Bronson has been removed from GW's Spring Fling, the student-run Program Board announced the news today on Twitter. “We apologize to the GW community for causing distress over the past few days and for attempting to bring an artist who is not consistent with our values of diversity and inclusion,” the Program Board said in an official statement. They also said that they have “learned important lessons in our mistakes this situation” and will incorporate student feedback in its future selection of artists for concerts.
The decision arrives less than a week after the school announced the rapper would be taking the stage at their annual Spring Fling event. However, following the announcement, a petition was posted on Change.org calling for the rapper to be cut from the setlist. The petition got nearly 350 signatures. “GW is an outstanding school, but hiring Action Bronson was a serious oversight,” the petition read. “His music promotes rape, his videos promote violence against women, and his social media promotes violence against the trans community. He is violently transphobic and misogynistic.” GoldLink was originally set to open for Action Bronson, but he will now headline the event. You can read the full statement from GW's Student Board on their decision below. We've reached out to Bronson's reps for a comment on this story and will update when more is available.
The Program Board has decided to remove Action Bronson from Saturday’s setlist. Read our full statement here. pic.twitter.com/l74Q4biyxP
— GW Program Board (@GWPB) March 31, 2016