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More than 1,000 people call on Harvard to cancel hip-hop artist's Yardfest performance for his 'violently misogynistic lyrics'

Posted by Your Town  April 1, 2013 12:24 PM

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An online petition calling on Harvard to cancel a performance by the hip-hop artist at Yardfest has gathered nearly 1,500 signatures.

The petition condemns the college for inviting the performer, saying he is "notorious for his explicitly and violently misogynistic lyrics.”

“We believe that a Yardfest without a headliner would be better than a Yardfest that amplifies misogyny and violence,” the petition says. “We demand that Harvard rescind its offer to Tyga, because we believe that Harvard should not perform a platform for music that promotes sexism and rape culture.”

According to The Harvard Crimson, the College Events Board announced Tyga as the headliner for Yardfest on Wednesday night.

The petition goes on to say that “violence and sexism are not unique to Tyga’s music,” but that rescinding Tyga’s invitation “provides an opportunity for a tangible, if short term, response to rape culture.”

“Activism surrounding Tyga’s performance at Harvard should not be divorced from activism around larger structural issues of race, gender, and homophobia,” the petition says.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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