Future Cancels Charlottesville Show ‘Out of Respect’ to Victims
Future canceled his Saturday night concert in Charlottesville, Virginia, a week after the white supremacist march in the college town. The rapper’s Sunday night gig in Virginia Beach, Virginia was also postponed.
“Out of respect for the tragic events I felt it wasn’t rite [sic] to perform at this time. Please understand my heart mean well VA,” the rapper tweeted Friday. “VA is important to me & always will be. I’m comin very soon, my word! Love Forever.”
Future and Lil Yachty were scheduled to perform Saturday at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena as part of a back-to-school celebration for students. After postponing the performance, the rapper made it known that “his FreeWishes Foundation will connect with the University of Virginia” to work out a charitable contribution, News 3 CBS in Virginia reported.
Following the Unite the Right rally, which resulted in the death of counter-protestor Heather Heyer, Charlottesville natives Dave Matthews Band wrote that they were “all disgusted by the acts of racist, hate-filled terrorism in our hometown this weekend.”
“Like so many our hearts are broken. Our thoughts go out to the families and victims of these unbelievable acts. This is not the Charlottesville we know and love,” the band added. “This town has grown from its sometimes great but often difficult history and is marching toward an inclusive future.”
Artists like Lorde, Lady Gaga and John Legend also condemned the white power movement that held the rally.