Outspoken hip-hop star Kanye West took to his Twitter today to call for an end to the rioting in Egypt that has paralyzed the country and drawn the worldwide attention.
Kanye West allegedly posted the above controversial tweet, which appears to be siding with the Egyptian government against the people, but it has since been removed from his Twitter feed. In the tweet Kanye West calls for an end to the rioting, and suggests Egyptians just go home, listen to his music, and relax.
A hip-hop star siding with authority is not surprising to Dr Marcus Jenkins professor of Hip-Hop studies at Harvard university, “Today’s hip-hop stars are not like your older brothers. They are all about respecting authority, paying taxes, and being all around good citizens and consumers.”
No word yet if Kanye’s plea is being heard in Egypt, but it is doubtful since the Egyptian government shut down the countries Internet access early Friday.
A Justin Bieber concert in Gary, Indiana, ended in a near riot on Sunday after dozens of fans attacked a group of men wearing Jonas Brothers tee-shirts. The violence comes amid mounting tensions between Bieber, a known “C Queen” (a female member of the Crips), and longtime Blood, Nick Jonas.
Prior to the concert, authorities feared violence would occur and subsequently closed the streets surrounding the Genesis Convention Center, deploying 75 police and two K-9 units to manage crowds during the performance.
Despite these measures, at least 13 people were arrested and one person was left hospitalized after being stabbed in the thigh with a meat thermometer. Various properties around the venue were vandalized following the concert.
Trouble began half-way through the performance when a group of Nick Jonas fans dressed in red began heckling Bieber. Bieber responded with a series of rude gestures before instructing the crowd to “light them slobs up.”
As the fighting broke out, Bieber yelled “C’s Up B’s Down,” before storming off stage.
Authorities are bracing for further violence as Bieber’s tour continues to East St. Louis on Tuesday.