Wyclef Cancels South Carolina Show Over Flag

Wyclef Jean has pulled the plug on a March 24 concert at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina in protest of the state’s continued practice of flying the Confederate flag over the state capitol.

In a statement released via his publicists, Wyclef said that he decided to cancel the show in accordance with the NAACP’s call for economic sanctions against the tourism industry in South Carolina, a boycott that began on January 1.

“As much as I hate to cancel a show,” Wyclef wrote, “I cannot in good conscience perform in a state that has an emblem of racism and division flying over its capitol.

“I am in full support of the NAACP’s initiatives and feel sure that my fans will understand that my actions are to help raise the consciousness of the people of South Carolina and the rest of America.”

Other artists, including Destiny’s Child, Brian McKnight, Eric Benét, and Gerald LeVert have all vowed not to perform anywhere in South Carolina until
the state takes down the Confederate flag.

Despite bypassing South Carolina, Jean still managed to open his collegiate tour earlier this week at Savannah College in Georgia, whose state flag incorporates the Confederate flag into its design.

Wyclef and his opening act, Kelis, will next travel to Charlotte, North Carolina on March 25 for a concert at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.