Princeton Students Petition To Cancel Big Sean’s Spring Concert Performance


Princeton University students are petitioning to have Big Sean dropped as the headliner of “Lawn Parties,” an outdoor festival on campus in the Spring, citing the rapper for “promoting rape culture and misogyny.”

Student Duncan Hosie saw the show’s promo video and became outraged at Big Sean repeating the phrase “stupid ass b*tch.” He decided to reach out to fellow student Rebecca Basaldua, an editor of “Equal Rights”-a blog about feminism and gender issues at Princeton-to create a petition. Hosie, who gained national attention back in 2012 when he challenged Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at Princeton on parallels he drew between laws banning sodomy with those banning bestiality, murder and incest, hoped the petition would open up dialogue about the selection of acts for the show.  He told The Daily Princetonian:

“After I saw that video, I started researching Big Sean’s language and I found language that was both misogynistic and homophobic. We wrote an op-ed piece that we published on Google Docs [on Sunday] and wanted to see the number of supporters. Right now, close to 500 people have signed.”

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The show is paid for by Undergraduate Student Government, whose social committee generates a list of five to 10 names, which are then sent to an agent to connect them with the artists. The Daily Princetonian reported earlier this year that USG originally had a $50,000 budget for the show’s main act, but needed another $15,000 to get Big Sean. Student Anna Walker said:

“We, as students, have told them that we want big names. Now people are attacking them for something else. It doesn’t really seem fair…I have full faith that they’ve thought about the ramifications of what Big Sean means and the connotations that come with him, and I think that, in this case, they put people’s interest in wanting a big name first.”

According to The Daily Princetonian, a panel with the Women’s Center discussing misogyny and lyric culture may be organized, but social committee chair Simon Wu says it too late in the game to make changes to the May 3 show:

“The contracts are signed and it’s unrealistic to stop this from happening.. The best way to move this in a productive way is to see how we can improve the selection process.”

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