Rick Ross Concert Cancelled Amidst Rape Protests
According to local newspaper Ottawa Citizen, Ross’ Ottawa, Ontario concert, to be held at the Pandemonium on Tuesday (April 9), has been cancelled. In an announcement made last Friday, the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) noted that ticket refunds would be available for those planning to attend the show.
“Due to the protest surrounding Rick Ross latest song “U.O.E.N.O.” the concert Pandemonium scheduled (April 9), is now officially cancelled because of security concerns,” the concert’s promoter, Urban Jamz Entertainment, announced Friday (April 5). The promoter previously defended its decision to let Ross’ show go on, amidst a local social media campaign protesting otherwise.
The current controversy around Ross stems from his verse on a single from rapper Rocko, “U.O.E.N.O.,” that includes Ross rapping about slipping a girl the drug Molly without her knowledge and later having sex with her.
“Put Molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it,” Ross raps. “I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it.”
A petition has garnered over 72,000 signatures, and Reebok has been asked to cut ties with the rapper, with whom it has an endorsement deal. Ross tweeted an apology Thursday (April 4), but protest groups aren’t having it, many noting that more needs to be done by all parties involved to make up for the lyric.
It’s been business as usual otherwise for the rapper, who has not commented on the cancelled concert.
Watch Radio.com‘s coverage from the Rick Ross protest at Reebok’s NYC flagship store last week.
–Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com