This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Crystel Sylvester
Action Bronson will no longer perform at Saturday’s Spring Fling, Program Board announced Thursday.
Goldlink, who was originally set to open for Action Bronson, will now headline the event, according to a statement posted on Program Board’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The decision comes after after an outcry from some students about the rapper’s controversial 2011 song “Consensual Rape.” Program Board released a statement Monday addressing criticism of Bronson, but negative student reaction toward the artist continued throughout the week.
“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,” Program Board said in the statement.
The board said it “learned important lessons in our mistakes this situation” and said it has already begun discussions about how to incorporate more student feedback in its selection of artists for future concerts.
A group of student organizations said Bronson’s performance on campus would be offensive and planned to host an alternative event on the Mount Vernon Campus during Saturday’s concert, called “Spring Bling.”