‘I’m just here for the music’: Diplo comments on Mad Decent Block Party’s kandi ban
As the Mad Decent Block Party continues its journey across the country, its organizers are working to ensure that tragedy does not strike twice. The most noted effort on this front came in the form of a kandi ban, and this week, the label’s founder took to Twitter and gave a lengthy response to uproar. Commenting on the issues the party has had with attendees hiding the homemade rave culture staple, Diplo followed up a few brief tweets with an elongated response. Regardless of the outrage it has caused, the ban seems that it’s here to stay and that kandi will remain on the list of items that you won’t be seeing at a Mad Decent Block Party near you. Read the full tweet below.
“So… I never wear Kandi and I understand it’s not drug related culture inherently .. We just had serious issues with kids hiding it .. and there was a definite relationship between safety and security and made it so we had to ban certain items. We have teamed up w dancesafe .. Cooperated w police and medics to really handle the last three parties and We have set up free water stations at all the mdbp .. All I care about is people coming to enjoy music and have a safe and good time.. Everything else is secondary .. I would trade 100 thousand angry ravers to have 100% safe and happy street parties when we started it on philly 6 years ago
So it’s all good if your into whatever your into we just implement these rules for you.. Not against you … This is just a simple set of rules we are using to make things safer… I’m sorry of they affect you or keep you from coming..All over the world kids and woman getting killed right now over beliefs, this is silly to get angry over .. If it bothers you just don’t attend. I’m down for anything positive but this doesn’t affect our parties too much … Im not the promoter, I actually had nothing to do with the rules being implemented but i do agree with my team.. And cause of who I am.. I’m the de facto speaker.. I have thick skin so u guys that consider yourself plur can attack me all you want it doesn’t bother me.. I’m just here for the music.”