Trinity students petition to uninvite Spring Weekend headliner

Action Bronson performs at Made in America on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Jeff Lombardo / Invision / AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Students from Trinity College posted a petition addressed to varietal administrators regarding Action Bronson’s invitation to headline the school’s Spring Weekend concert, citing the rapper’s history of so-called “artistic” aggression.

Posted yesterday on change.org, the petition is asking for 1,500 signatures to hopefully encourage school administration to retract the invitation extended to Action Bronson by Barnyard, a student-run organization charged with arranging Spring Weekend. Garnering over 1,000 supporters in 24 hours, the petition will be sent to the Dean of Campus Life, the Dean and Associate Dean of Students, and the Director of Women and Gender Resource Action Center, among others.

The students cite Bronson’s lyrics and videos, providing detailed insight into how, the students argue, they “endorse violence, specifically against women and minorities.” In discussing Bronson’s song, “Consensual Rape,” they mention that Bronson had signed a contract with Trinity promising he would not perform the song. Still, students maintain, “We are disappointed in the decision by Barnyard… in their judgment, their lack of research, and blatant disregard for the well-being of survivors of sexual assault on campus.”

The students write, “We fully recognize that we will not receive a refund and that we are contractually bound to pay Action Bronson. However, we think it would be better for Trinity students, and the institution’s reputation, for the concert to be canceled regardless.”

In reply, Barnyard has replied with the following Tweet:

News 8 has reached out to Trinity College’s media relations department, as well as the nine recipients of the petition, and received a reply including the following:

“Trinity administrators are working to support all of our students — those responsible for the selection of the entertainers, as well as those who are upset about the decision to bring to campus a performer who has written and produced songs that are inconsistent with the mission and values of Trinity College.”

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