A music fan was unceremoniously turfed out of a hip-hop show in Philadelphia this week by the headliner himself. His crime? Tweeting his critical opinion about the support act.
Mike Taylor attended a Powerglove & MC Chris show, but found himself "not digging" support act Richie Branson. Both acts on the bill used themes and reference points from video games in their music.
Explained Taylor later: "I felt his lyrics were lame and pandering to us gamers and other assorted nerd fans. I also didn't think his delivery was good and his beats were mostly sampled from others songs and music (from games, anime and whatnot.) I didn't like any of it, so I went on Twitter and Tweeted 'Dear nerd rapper opening for Powerglove/mc chris. You're not good enough to pander to me. Better luck next time.'"
That provoked the ire of MC Chris himself, however. Taylor, who says he has been a fan of the rapper for eight years, was in the lobby of the venue when he heard his name being called from the stage.
He recalls: "I heard the crowd [go] nuts and mc chris started talking, and I heard him ask for my real name. My friend and I looked at each other confused and heard him ask for it again. I got up, walked back onto the floor and raised my hand. He then pointed at me and yelled, "Security is going to take you the fuck out now! That's what you get for talking shit on Twitter!"
MC Chris has since apologised to Taylor in a heartfelt YouTube video, which you can watch below - after getting a barrage of abuse from punters.
He later told the fan on Twitter: "I hope you take my apology sincerely. I deserve what I'm getting today and I will adjust my hyper critical attitude I'm sorry."
Before the apology, Taylor wrote on a Reddit post: "I realize my tweet is snarky, but I'm a smartass and I can understand a guy being mad and protective of his opener. However, publicly kicking out a long-time paying fan because they tweeted a negative response about the opener of your show? Are you serious? I realize what I said was petty, but how immature is it to publicly humiliate someone for something tweeted to just my hundred (which are mostly bots) or so followers? Am I not allowed to have a negative opinion? Didn't mc chris just post a video on Youtube not long ago criticizing the Avengers movie for screwing up Hawkeye? Should the producers of the movie publicly embarrass him and Marvel cut off his comic book description? No, they're bigger than that, and he should be too.
"I will say the venue gave me a refund, the tour manager was very apologetic and even Richie Branson himself thanked me (half-handedly) on Twitter for helping make his show better (I told him I still wasn't a fan, but he does have good taste in video games). But mc chris definitely came off as a dick, throwing away my years of fandom and support over 140 meaningless characters. I don't need pity, but I feel gamers and other fans have a right to know that if they go to an mc chris show, make sure to keep your opinions to yourself. You might find yourself kicked out for not praising him or his crew."
Taylor has since accepted MC Chris's video apology.