Posted in hiphop | music on May 21, 2014

Mykki Blanco at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Mykki

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco was in Portugal earlier this week for a residency where was arrested, in his words, "for being gay." As Pitchfork points out, he posted the following on Facebook:

I'm leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonight
And also gave a statement to Noisey:
I was swindled, by the Portuguese police department for being a gay black tourist that is the only explanation for this situation. I had literally just got off of a plane was in the airport on my way to the art gallery I am currently doing a residency at and I was taken advantage of by the Portuguese police. More than an act of racism and prejudice or even homophobia ( which were all 3 factors) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn't something people always want to see.

I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself" after I repeatedly and politely asked him where I could purchase a taxi voucher since he worked with the taxi attendant at the airport. the altercation escalated because I waited in a long line like everyone else outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told by the taxi attendant that I could not use my credit card but only cash the taxi attendant and cop refused to help or answer any other questions I had about an alternative in anyway. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists who were behind me in line while I waited to be addressed.

A Portuguese woman in the same taxi line with me even leaned over and whispered "I don't know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don't need cash". I should have listened to the woman and went inside myself to find the voucher office but there is apart of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to "go away" like I was nuance as if I had not waited in the same line as all the other white tourists and when I asked why he could not help but could gladly help the other tourists I was yelled at and told to "go away bicha" which is a gay slur, even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.

The world aint a fair place, and the idea of a young successful black guy doesn't always fly everywhere but I was insulted, and discriminated against so I said "Fuck you" and walked away...well he followed me inside, used his radio to call other police causing a scene in the airport and told me "You are under arrest" I said "excuse me, I have not committed a crime, I asked you for help and you refused to help me" he said "You have insulted a police officer and that is a crime in Portugal, you can't talk to me that way" and he arrested me.

The Noisey article also mentions he was ordered to pay a 600 euro fine.

Mykki Blanco plays a big and free hometown Summerstage show in NYC's East River Park on August 7.

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Comments (38)

I like the D.

Posted by Ms. Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:45 PM

It might not have been a good idea to curse out a cop. End of story. Our society loves to complain about everything. You obv. Stand out in the crowd Blanco, and racism and homophobia are unfortunate things. But learn maybe how to condut yourself a bit better.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:51 PM

Arrested for being a shit musician

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:53 PM

Maybe the cop from the Village People can pull some strings.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:55 PM

Ask someone else before you act like an asshole to a public official. Who would dare tell a police officer to "go fuck himself? Pay your fine and try to be less of a moron. This has nothing to your ethnicity or sexuality.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 7:31 PM

Only post city folk side with cops. You're all on your own cute and fussy city patrol.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | May 21, 2014 7:45 PM

This guy sounds like a cunt.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 7:46 PM

The costumes were just amazing and these guys are creative. However I am not that impressed with the music but the entire show is cool.

Posted by Bernadine Fried | May 21, 2014 8:18 PM

Never heard of this dude, and now will never be interested in him. "Arrested" for being the deranged victim type

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 8:20 PM

Corey Clark American Idol lookin ass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 8:34 PM

Slow news day...

Posted by johnny | May 21, 2014 8:55 PM

Yeah, I guarantee you that the reality of the situation was much different than how it occurred in his head.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 8:58 PM

Try saying "fuck you" to an American cop after you've already agitated them and see what happens. What an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 9:01 PM

8:58 nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 9:30 PM

What happened was the guy asked the cop where he could buy a taxi voucher, he didn't know, he probably never had to buy one in his life, so he got really annoyed but then some lady told him where to go. After he came back with the voucher he tried to cut the line for the taxis, disrespecting everyone who was there waiting before him, and the same cop told him to go to the end of the line, and Mykki told him to go f*ck himself.

I'd like to see him do that in his country...

Posted by johnny | May 21, 2014 9:56 PM

the cops noticed the big fucking chip on your shoulder and made you submit to their penal code. deal with it!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 10:05 PM

*penile code

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 11:08 PM

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 11:32 PM

This guy in real life reminds me of that character Bug Out from Do The Right Thing, screaming accusations of injustice and such until even his own crew just starts filtering him out. OK you post Foot Fetish generation - here is your test subject - do you want to ignore the noise and be happy? You have the power.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 5:47 AM

"I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself""

End of story. Move on.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 8:48 AM

Playing gay AND black card! He's lucky they didn't Abner Louima him.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 9:45 AM

That cop never would have pulled that shit on GWAR. Dude should join them--they have an opening, no?

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 10:07 AM

No wrong with telling a cop fuck you. Most of them are pieces of shit anyway. You're just not going to win.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 11:07 AM

I get the feeling this guy is awash in drama all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 1:04 PM

Unlike you post city fruitcakes, I hate cops. Especially racist foreign cops. Plus, most cops would smack you post city boyz around and then laugh about it.

Then again post city boyz play by the rulez so what do you have to worry about? Nothing's about to kick off at brunch or an Annie-Fest.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | May 22, 2014 1:20 PM

^we have $ doofus. Cops know who they're fucking with.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 1:42 PM

Something tells me people still living in the Foot Fetish era talk a big game and then clam up like little bitches whenever real authority is present.

Welcome to the post Foot Fetish era, people. The power has returned to your hands, and you can chose to filter out the nonsense again. It was for freedom's sake that you have been set free. Carpe Diem y'all.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 1:59 PM

1:04 is spot on

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 3:01 PM

Record a song and call it Lion's Roar.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 6:53 PM

you're an asshole. you fucking tell a cop in baltimore to fuck himself and see where that gets you. stop embarrassing yourself with some cop-out lame ass excuse. pun intended.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 7:31 PM

If you are in Baltimore for any reason other than getting gas to get the fuck out of Baltimore then you deserve to get roughed up by the cops.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 7:47 PM

YOU ARE UNDER ARREST FOR BEING GAY >:|

Posted by BANANA GUARD | May 22, 2014 8:20 PM

F*uck Tha Police

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 8:46 PM

People sticking up for cops/authority are lame.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 8:52 PM

^i'm not sticking up for anyone. I just know that the world view espoused in the guy's writing is inherently skewed and almost entirely unreliable. Frankly, I don't trust his interpretation of reality.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 9:23 PM

^ nice misdirection

I'm not sticking up for cops so much as pointing out how this fine ciizen's florid delusion of victimhood and entitlement has blinded him to the truth that his own actions deserved the documented response. He brought this shit on hisself, ya feel me?

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 9:24 PM

9:23 jinx you owe me a beer!

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 9:25 PM

The same people that don't trust cops are the ones that trust Google to keep all their data private and the federal government to take care of them like permanent toddlers. The truth of the matter is if you don't go around with a chip on your shoulder acting the fool the cops ain't gonna bother with you. If you act like you are special and wave your fucked up booty in everyone's face then the bull's gonna show you the horns.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 9:30 PM

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