Chance The Rapper isn’t any stranger to controversy, and it seems like he has to discipline much more within the wake of his Black Star Line festival in Ghana this previous weekend. Though the competition was organized with the best of intentions, it has drawn some criticism for centering Ghana, which has a fraught political local weather proper now, in addition to reserving acts like Dave Chappelle, who has been embroiled in some controversy of his personal involving perceived anti-trans rhetoric in his stand-up.
As one Ghanaian author put it, “Accra [the site of the festival] is uninhabitable for normal Ghanaians. The one folks thriving are the diaspora and the rich.”
In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone, Probability tried to handle the backlash to the competition, highlighting its successes and doing his finest to reframe Chappelle’s feedback as a wanted, ongoing dialogue. “I believe it’s one thing that Dave was truly shining a lightweight on,” he mentioned of the comedian’s set, which addressed Ghana’s anti-gay legal guidelines. “That’s the place that dialog got here from. Dave was making a remark in regards to the comedy scene in Ghana when he mentioned, ‘I wager homosexual jokes go over so nicely right here.’”
“I really feel unhealthy that the individual within the viewers felt singled out or that the violence towards the trans group or LGBTQ group in Ghana wasn’t being revered,” he continued. “… so if having Dave there made folks really feel like they weren’t, that they didn’t have house or that they weren’t welcome, that was not my intention… I can’t actually all the way in which communicate for Dave. I don’t wish to say what he thinks or what he feels, however what I believe I find out about him is that he loves everyone, particularly his folks, which means Black folks, which means Black folks which might be trans, Black folks which might be homosexual, Black folks which might be gender non-conforming, folks interval.”