Friday, March 2, 2018

The Pageant Apologizes, Cancels Controversial Rapper's Show

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 1:53 PM

Yeah, looks like a solid citizen to us. - PRESS PHOTO
  • Yeah, looks like a solid citizen to us.

The Pageant has canceled an upcoming performance by controversial rapper 6ix9ine, also known as Tekashi 69, and has issued an apology for booking him in the first place.

"The Tekashi 69 show was brought to the Pageant through an outside promoter," reads a tweet from the venue. "At the time of the booking we were not aware of his background. This does not reflect the beliefs of our company and as soon as we were made aware we cancelled the show immediately. We apologize for the disappointment and offense this show may have caused and will work towards a better screening process of outside acts in the future. Thanks for your understanding."

6ix9ine is controversial for reasons outside of the fact that he is a doofus with the number "69" tattooed on his body more than 200 times, including prominently on his forehead, neck, chest, stomach, arms and knuckles — rather sinister, serious reasons, in fact.

In October 2015 the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, pleaded guilty to a felony count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. The incident occurred in February 2015, when Hernandez appeared in multiple videos of a graphic sexual nature with a girl who was only thirteen. He also allegedly distributed them.

In one video, according to the criminal complaint, "the child engages in oral sexual intercourse with the separately charged defendant Taquan Anderson, while the defendant, Daniel Hernandez, stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks. The child is nude in the video."

Hernandez has claimed that he was seventeen when the incident occurred, but his birthdate on police records shows that he was eighteen.

Hernandez's plea deal came with the following conditions:
He will be placed on one year of interim probation
He must not post any sexually explicit images of women or children or any images of violence against women or children to social media
He must continue mental health treatment for two years
He must regularly update the court on the progress of his mental health treatment
He must complete 300 hours of community service
He must obtain his GED
He must write an apology letter to the victim and her family
He must not be re-arrested for two years
In a January 29 hearing Hernandez revealed that he had not yet passed his GED test — a condition of his deal — saying he had trouble with the science portion. The judge told him he has one more chance or else he will face time behind bars. His next hearing is scheduled for April 10.

Fellow rappers have turned their backs on Hernandez in light of the charges, with former collaborator Trippie Redd going so far as to denounce Hernandez as a "pedophile." Those denouncements will continue, it seems, as the rapper's shows have been canceled across the country in recent weeks.

One response to the Pageant's post seems to offer sound advice on the matter:

Wise words indeed.

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