“Rack City” rapper Tyga, is facing some heat from students at Harvard over his music, which they claim, promotes sexism and rape culture.
The students are protesting the rapper’s performance at the university for their annual concert “YardFest” on April 15th. In an online petition spearheaded by Harvard senior Leah Reis-Dennis, the organizers are being urged to pull him from the lineup.
So far, that petition has garnered over 1900 digital signatures. An addendum to the petition states, “Violence and sexism are not unique to Tyga’s music; deeper, systemic changes must be made. However, Tyga’s invitation to perform at Yardfest 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 university is yet to announce a statement regarding the petition.