CUSA Promotional Material for Rick Ross Performance
According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, rapper Rick Ross will no longer be performing next Tuesday as a part of Pandamonium, an event traditionally organized conjointly by the student associations at the Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. This controversy surrounds the lyrics in a Rocko song, rapped by Ricky Ross, that have been interpreted as an endorsement of rape. As a result, Rick Ross has recently come out and apologized for he describes as a misinterpretation.
Rick Ross tweets to apologize – Source: Twitter
The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) released an initial statement in which the organization distances itself from the rapper and the controversial lyrics in U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain’t Even Know It) by Rocko (featuring Future & Rick Ross):
We would like to re-affirm our stance that we consider the lyrics in question to be repulsive and uncharacteristic of the views and beliefs of CUSA as an organization and its members. That being said, we are now in the process of looking into selling off the remainder of the tickets back to the organizers.
A couple days later, the CUSA announced that it had “completely pulled its support from the show and will be reimbursing all of the students who have purchased their tickets from the association starting as early as Monday, April 8th. No more tickets will be sold through the association here on.”
Urban Jamz Entertainment, the concert promoter, posted the following statement on its Facebook page:
Due to unforeseen circumstances Rick Ross concert scheduled April 9, 2013 is canceled. Anyone who purchased tickets will receive full refund. We apologize for any inconvenience.
However, The Charlatan is reporting that Urban Jamz Entertainment’s Twitter account (@UrbanJamzEnt) said: “Due to the protest surrounding Rick Ross latest song “U.O.E.N.O.” the concert on Apr 09, is canceled because of security concerns.” This post has since been taken down from the account.
Dillon Black, who recently resigned from the CUSA Council over the Rick Ross concert, is quoted in the Ottawa Citizen article as saying: “I am less than pleased about no mention of concerned community members and rape culture but rather ‘security concerns’.” Black also spoke with Xtra!: “Despite CUSA not mentioning the fact that is was cancelled due to concerned community members and rape culture, we are pleased that the concert has finally been cancelled. This proves an amazing community and campus effort challenging rape culture.”
Paterson Hall, a 6-member band formed by students from Carleton University, was expected to be the opening act for Rick Ross. In a statement posted on the band’s Facebook page states:
We unfortunately now find ourselves in a precarious situation. We feel strongly that the phenomenon of “rape culture”, as it has been loosely defined by activist organisations at Carleton, is wrong. However, we do not believe that the annulment of the Pandemonium concert is a viable or effective way of dealing with the problem that has presented itself. [...] As for our continued involvement with the event: We have committed to the concert and therefore, as a group that prides itself on our reliability and obligation to perform at an event of which we are a part, we will be performing as scheduled, barring unforeseen complications between now and the show.
The Charlatan is also reporting that Obed Okyere, CUSA’s 2011-2012 president, is the registered director of Urban Jamz Enterprise (this information can be found here via Corporations Canada).