Yea so MC Chris was in Philly doing a show recently and a fan named Mike Taylor got thrown the fuck out after Tweeting that the opening act Richie Branson sucked while at the show(in Mike’s defense, he’s got a point). Welp, after that an internet firestorm kicked up so far it caused MC Chris to make a Youtube video apologizing only to turn around in an article and compare himself to Adolf Hitler. Nice, right??? My views after the jump…
I was in the music business for about five years where I ran a record label and part of my responsibilities were to sign bands to a label that I owned and then to help promote them by booking and promoting their shows and distributing their merch/music to the fans. For the most part the whole ordeal sucked because well, the music industry was in a rut and nobody knew what to do, so I closed the fucker down and started Bubbleblabber in September of last year. When I started the site, I used to spam the fuck out of Reddit, posting up my articles in an attempt to get readers which in a way…it worked! Even despite Reddit’s bullshit posting policies, Bubbleblabber has become mildly successful and as such allows me to do it full time.
Trust me, the first band I had on my label had their fair share of hecklers…and I wouldn’t care much less throw them out of the venue. Why?? Because, its a privilege that has been fought for, died for, and as a result has given people like me and you and everyone a voice either digital or otherwise so who am I to punish people for their words? Interestingly enough, in this digital age we are afforded ways to voice our displeasure about things on various social networks like Facebook and Twitter like never before and in turn companies use these conversations to their advantage so that they know how and what to sell you, but whats cool is we can complain about it whenever we want. This whole idea is called the First Amendment of the US Constitution drawn up by our fore fathers and it reads as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A big concert is coming up soon in the Philly area called the Mayhem Festival(July 27th, 2012 to be exact) and I won’t be going this year because just about every band on that entire bill is putrid sans the three headliners in Motorhead(YES!), SLAYER(FUCK YES!!), and Slipknot(Meh). I have on many times voiced my displeasure with opening bands in the past on Twitter and Facebook, but to my knowledge I have never, ever been kicked out of a show. Shit, I’ve thrown shit on stage at bands I don’t like and nothing has happened to me so yea. I have heard of incidences with stand up comedians throw people out of a show if they heckle openers most of which includes shouting and obnoxious behavior, which makes sense because you don’t want people at a live event ruining a show you paid your hard earned dollars for…valid.
I have never heard of someone voicing their complaints on Twitter, and then being thrown out of a show…and for those that don’t know what I am talking about allow me to explain. So, MC Chris reads a message on Twitter about his show’s opener and he proceeds to throw out a fan by the name of Mike Taylor. Mike does the sensible thing, he goes home online and complains on Twitter and Reddit as he should because I do believe MC Chris was completely in the wrong here. You do NOT throw out people from a show for something stupid as fuck as a Tweet, as that person is clearly violating a protected amendment of freedom of speech.
Don’t worry…it gets better.
MC Chris posts a video on Youtube of him apologizing for what he did which ends with him crying…
But, just to clear things up….MC Chris isn’t exactly apologizing. Why?? Because DailyDot.ccom did an AWESOME interview with both MC Chris AND Mike Taylor and Chris had this to say about the incident…
“I would like to say ‘Hey, I’m sorry. It obviously bothered you a lot,’” Ward said. “When he was removed from the venue, he was extremely apologetic. He said, ‘I know what I did was wrong.’ He was apologetic to my tour manager. understood that he did something wrong. But then he went home and went online and acted like I was Hitler. So I’m not in the biggest rush to try and make him feel better.”
Then what was the video for?? Was it exercising free speech which clearly MC Chris is not in favor of?? Was it a publicity stunt??? What was it??
Read the rest of the article…go ahead….back?? Ok, so MC Chris claims that Mike Taylor pretty much made MC Chris out to be Adolf Hitler. Welp Chris, Hitler also used to silence people trying to voice their opinion, Hitler also used to use the media to distribute bull shit similar to your video, so guess what man?? If the shoe fits!! Don’t punish people for their use of free speech and then use that same free speech to try and launch a ridiculous campaign to gain sympathy for YOUR wrongdoings.
I do have one more personal note to Mike Taylor. Next time, skip that rap bull shit and save your money for something decent like a Slayer/Motorhead show that’s coming to a town near you. Because, I guarantee that no matter how many terrible bands open that show, you can Tweet about it all you want and NO ONE will throw your ass out.