Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Rapper Bhad Bhabie's Jordan concert axed over her 'support for Israel'

The promoter said the American musician's show was cancelled after her 'support for Israel' surfaced, which violated his 'moral values'

Rapper Danielle Bregoli, known professionally as Bhad Bhabie, has had her forthcoming concert in Amman called off. Getty Images
Rapper Danielle Bregoli, known professionally as Bhad Bhabie, has had her forthcoming concert in Amman called off. Getty Images

Teen rapper Bhad Bhabie has had her upcoming performance in Jordan called off, with organisers saying the artist showed "support for Israel".

The 16-year-old Gucci Flip Flops musician was born Danielle Bregoli and is known for her infamous 2016 appearance on Dr Phil, during which she said to her mother: 'catch me outside, how 'bout that?'.

She will no longer host a show in Amman on July 8 as part of her world tour, promoters Pop have confirmed. "We try our best to provide different live entertainment genres to our audience," a statement posted on Instagram by the agency announced.

"Unfortunately, due to the artist's recent statements that violate our values and the contract between us and the artist, we are informing you that Bhad Bhabie's show is cancelled."

Pop added that ticket holders will receive options for refunds.

In a video uploaded to his Instagram Stories, the agency's founder Sanad Kteshat added that the cancellation came after the artist's "support for Israel" surfaced, which violated his "moral values".

What exactly did she do to spur the cancellation?

The aforementioned statements by Bregoli that resulted in the concert's shut-down have not yet been confirmed by organisers or the artist's management. However, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Palestinian-run campaign, on Twitter claimed it had "influenced" the decision by calling for a boycott of Bregoli.

Bregoli did attend a Creative Community for Peace event in 2018; the organisation has a focus on apparently "countering the cultural boycott of Israel", according to its website's mission statement.

The rapper still has a performance scheduled in Tel Aviv for July 9, according to TMZ, although the date does not appear on her official website.

The furore was also further stoked by Bregoli, who responded somewhat nonsensically to a tweet by Palestinian marathon runner Mohammad Al Qadi.

The athlete's comment, written in Arabic and tagging Bregoli, called for concert goers to boycott the rapper's show. However, the musician responded with the now-deleted reply: "Why yes, I do like McDonald's fries."

Bregoli had not translated the tweet, sources told TMZ, and did not know what she was replying to.

Updated: June 18, 2019 12:30 PM

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