It’s not every day a performer gets tossed from the bill at a music festival. Especially when it relates to their social media posts.
A performance by former Misfits lead singer Michale Graves has been cancelled by the Up + Downtown Music Festival in Edmonton over views he expressed on social media.
The festival announced Wednesday the cancellation of the punk singer’s Oct. 6 show at Temple nightclub. Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, said the board was alerted of Graves’ views on social media on Tuesday.
“We found some posts that were antithetical to the safer spaces policy and our policies for inclusion for the festival,” said Oliver. “We made a decision as a board of nine of us to cancel his performance.”
Brent Oliver, the festival’s artistic director, was less than impressed with what he saw.
Oliver cited the singer’s posts on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube that support or share views the festival director referred to as “against immigration, against feminism, against mental health treatments.”
“There was a number of things supporting Infowars, Alex Jones, Breitbart. How white people are being discriminated against. There’s just a lot of political and personal views on his social media that do not align with the festival.”
Graves was not amused with the whole thing.
In an interview from Akron, Ohio, Graves dismissed the criticism of his social media posts as “buzzwords that get people riled up.”
“I don’t need to be on the defence for my social media accounts,” he said.
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