After a huge public uproar and more than 37,000 signatures collected by Change.org, NXNE has pulled Action Bronson from performing on June 21st at the Yonge-Dundas Square public stage.
The festival is look for a private venue to host the rapper.
Change.org petition organizer Erica Shiner stated, "Action Bronson glorifies gang-raping and murdering women. She presented lyrics from his song "Consensual Rape."
The Vice/Atlantic rapper did not come forward to add to the conversation other than some unapologetic tweets:
"5 years ago a lost track. That's what u base UR argument on? HOW ABOUT THE 9 PROJECTS THAT HAVE COME OUT SINCE? Don't single me out"
"FUCK ALL YALL HATERS BLOW DICK"
"WHO GIVES A FUCK!! UR GONNA BE SEEING SO MUCH OF ME FOR SO MANY YEARS TO COME ULL HAVE PLENTY MORE TO HATE ON. STAY TUNED…."
When the media started picking up on the story NXNE issued a statement defending Bronson's right to play citing what people said about his 2012 performance at the same venue. The NXNE statement went on to say, "Those who are offended by an artist are invited to check out other Festival showcases, as NXNE will present hundreds of artists this June -- some may be considered controversial, but most are just plain fun"
On Friday May 29th NXNE managing director Sara Peel changed her tune. She released a press release removing the Action Bronson performance from the stage.