Rowdy fans have been kicked out of rock shows for all kinds of reasons over the years. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters booted a dude for fighting during a London gig last summer and Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose (who has a history of diving into the crowd to settle scores) did the same in Vancouver in December to an unruly audience member.
But, to our knowledge, nerdcore rapper MC Chris may be the first artist to have someone removed for sending an offensive tweet. And, reaping the geek wrath he’s more used to sowing, Chris got his blinged-out pocket protector handed to him all day on Wednesday for it and ended up posting a teary apology video to the bootee.
It all went down on Tuesday night during a show in Philadelphia, where fan Mike Taylor posted a tweet that was critical of one of Chris’ opening acts, Richie Branson. According to reports, Taylor walked out to get a drink, at which point the crowd went “nuts” when Chris called the tweeter out and asked for his real name from the stage in the middle of Branson’s set.
“I wasn’t digging his opener, Richie Branson. I felt his lyrics were lame and pandering to us gamers and other assorted nerd fans,” Taylor wrote. “I also didn’t think his delivery was good and his beats were mostly sampled from others songs and music (from games, anime and whatnot. I didn’t like any of it, so I went on Twitter and Tweeted, ’Dear nerd rapper opening for Powerglove/mc chris. You’re not good enough to pander to me. Better luck next time.'”
Taylor said after hearing Chris spazzing about the tweet he walked back in and raised his hand, at which point Chris yelled, “security, is going to take you the f— out now! That’s what you get for talking s— on Twitter!” Describing the situation in a Reddit post, Taylor said he was humiliated, shocked and disappointed, especially since he’s been a hardcore Chris fan since 2004. He got a refund and, later, a Twitter apology from Chris, which Taylor said was a “classy move.” But the Internet was not done with this tempest in a hoodrow, as dozens of commenters tore into Chris for turning the bullying tables.
After initially mocking Taylor on Facebook and making fun of those who came to his defense in a since deleted rant, Chris later posted an apology video on YouTube in which he said that he had a “horrible” day, while lamenting that Taylor probably had a bad one as well since he didn’t get to see the show.
“It wasn’t right, it wasn’t cool. I did the wrong thing. I definitely made a mistake,” he said. Chris said he often asks to remove drunken and disorderly fans who disrupt the show because without a label, manager or security he is forced to fend for himself and has to concentrate on his rhymes without distraction.
“It sounds really lame because a lot of bands have people all over, running around all over the stage, jumping off stage and all kinds of crazy s—’s going on,” he said. “I’m just not as good as them. I’m going to f— up if somebody runs up on stage when my eyes are closed and punches me in the dick. I’m just gonna f— up. That’s just how it works.”
Normally, he said he takes control of the situation and tries to kick the people out, but this time he felt the need to apologize, and not just because many people called him out about it. It’s around that point in the video (2:23) that Chris breaks down and starts crying, offering a heartfelt “I’m sorry” and promising to try and be a good person from now on. “I was just trying to do the right thing last night, it wasn’t the right thing and I made a mistake and I made somebody feel bad,” the self-described “ex-Catholic” said in trying to atone for his on-stage sins.
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