Princeton Students Start Petition Against Big Sean Performance

Photo Credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images/ THZ Library

Photo Credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images/ THZ Library

Princeton University’s annual Lawnparties event is coming up, and some students aren’t okay with Big Sean being the musical guest.

Duncan Hosie started a petition against the Detroit rapper’s appearance after he saw the Undergraduate Student Government’s (USG) video promoting Lawnparties, according to HipHopDX. Reportedly, Big Sean said the words “stupid a** b****” several times in the video.

“USG Should stop promoting rape culture and misogyny by rescinding the offer to Big Sean to headline Lawnparties Spring ’15. In the future, USG should strive to bring non-misogynistic acts to campus,” the petition reads.

“After I saw that video, I started researching Big Sean’s language and I found language that was both misogynistic and homophobic. We wrote an op-ed piece that we published on Google Docs [on Sunday] and wanted to see the number of supporters. Right now, close to 500 people have signed,” Hosie, a senior, said.

Students have also put posters up around campus in protest.

Simon Wu, chairman of USG’s social committee, said that the board picks five to ten artists and sends those names to an entertainment agent. Based on the agent’s feedback on which artists are available, the school decides.

“We send them to the agent and then the agent will get back to us with prices and availability, and this is a process that happens about six or seven times before we can find somebody that works,” he explained to The Daily Princetonian. “Once we get an offer back from someone, we usually have to respond rather quickly because they’re also looking at booking at places other than us.”

Wu added that with the contract already signed, it was a bad idea to try and stop things now, but that the process could be revamped for next year.

He, along with the Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Students, Thomas Dunne, were scheduled to meet with Hosie today (April 10) to address the concerns.

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