After a recent performance in Medellín, Colombia, rap star Wiz Khalifa decided to do a little touristing around town. Unfortunately, Khalifa ended up taking a few photographs that pissed of quite a few Colombians. Even the Mayor of Medellin got so angry that he referred to the rapper as a “scoundrel.”
What was the cause of all this negative attention? It has something to do with this photo:
Apparently leaving a joint for Pablo Escobar, a drug lord who oversaw one of the darker periods of Colombia’s past, isn’t the best way to generate goodwill from Colombians. One Instagram commenter echoed this sentiment, commenting on the photo with: “This makes me feel so sad. This man is a symbol of the worst time of Colombia, a country that has much to offer, and for his blame its reduced status to stereotype of narcotrafficking, cocaine, and violence.”
Medellin’s Mayor, Federico Gutierrez, was quick to criticize the rapper’s choice to visit Escobar’s grave.
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) March 27, 2017
According to BBC, Federico Gutierrez said Khalifa’s actions were “advocating crime” and that his choice of photography “shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers.”
People on Twitter weighed in Khalifa’s Instagram photo. Many felt it was too much.
Gotta say it… Wiz Khalifa is a clown for the whole Escobar's grave ordeal
— Lil Darryl (@OGCalhoun) March 27, 2017
People called for him to apologize.
@wizkhalifa Just apologize and move forward you a good man.
— Amanda J. (@missajn) March 27, 2017
Other people on Twitter came to Khalifa’s defense.
Deberian respetar si Wiz Khalifa fue a visitar la tumba de Pablo Escobar,al fin y al cabo todo el mundo es libre de actuar como quiera.
— Santiago Esteban (@santiago6646) March 27, 2017
“If Wiz Khalifa went to visit the tomb of Pablo Escobar, you should respect (his decision). After all, everyone is free to act the way they want.”
Some gave respect.
@wizkhalifa visted the king at his grave. Pablo Emilio Escobar ???
— A-D-R-I-A-N-A (@_AdrianaMarivel) March 27, 2017
So far, Khalifa has not issued a statement about the incident.
But the rapper did post this message to his Twitter account on March 26th: “Do things the way you want to. Let others follow but always do what works for you best.”