Eminem Banned From UK Festival Due to His Lyrics
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.26.2014
They were deemed "offensive" and "unsuitable"...
Eminem has been banned form a day festival in the UK by the venue owners over his lyrical content. The Daily Mirror reports that the rapper had agreed to terms with AEG to appear at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, but that owners Royal Parks nixed the deal because they worried that his lyrics would upset other park users.
In an email acquired through a Freedom Of Information request, Royal Parks CEO Linda Lennon said: "This artist flagged risks across the board. In particular in respect of our public reputation. The nature of any act with potential for lyrics to be deemed offensive and/or unsuitable language being audible within the park as a whole, let alone the surrounding residential areas, is unacceptable."
London Mayor Boris Johnson was asked to overturn the decision but his office refused to get involved, saying they didn't know who Eminem was and that it wasn't their call to make. According to Johnson's staff Sir Edward Lister, "Until receipt of both emails I had no knowledge of Eminem and his style of music and still do not."
AEG's Jim King responded by saying, "I don't want to split hairs but I do question how easy it is for any offensive lyrics to be heard and actually understood outside of our event site." He added that he wasn't aware of any case where Emeinem had been prevented from performing in the UK.
The festival begins on July 3rd. Eminem is set for two Wembley Stadium shows on July 11th and 12th.