Sri Lankan rapper DeLon still suffering consequences of speaking out against M.I.A. & the Tamil Tigers
Back in 2008 we posted a diss video by DeLon (watch it below), aimed at fellow Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.. He mixed gruesome images with her popular song "Paper Planes" to get the point across that she was not a "freedom fighter", but in fact showing support for alleged terrorist group called the Tamil Tigers. M.I.A. responded, denying his accusations and claiming DeLon was just looking for publicity at her expense.
M.I.A. has continued to have an eventful life in the public spotlight since then, and DeLon (pictured above) is now just one of many on the long list of M.I.A. haters, but what has DeLon, who lives in Los Angeles, been up to for the past four years? Well, in addition to continuing his music career, which most recently included landing a spot on a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling (I don't watch the show, so don't ask me who she is), DeLon has allegedly been dealing with "death threats and a vicious internet smear campaign aimed at destroying his reputation [that was] unleashed by Tiger supporters." Yeah, fun!
Now he says that campaign successfully cost him this latest tour. Today he announced that he was forced to quit the tour with Lindsey because "fans, sponsors and parents who took their kids to his concert were a Google search away from believing he was a criminal." In order to help clear his name, he has posted what looks like a letter from Sri Lanka Consul General Dr. Hector Weerasinghe in Los Angeles, which says DeLon is innocent of any crimes and backs up the allegations that "tactics" are being "used to vilify his character and sabotage his endeavors for peace". But now DeLon plans to take it even further and use his time off to work on scrubbing the dirt off the internet.
Check out a "news report" on YouTube that claims DeLon is a child predator, the original M.I.A. diss video, a video statement posted by DeLon today, and his full press release, below...
M.I.A. Paper Planes Diss By DeLon - (Gruesome Footage) (the original 2008 video)
Official DeLon-Lindsey Stirling Tour Statement (Oct 1, 2012)
Cyber Smear Campaign Forces International Recording Artist and Activist DeLon to Leave America's Got Talent Artist Lindsey Stirling's First U.S. Tour
International recording artist, DeLon, has stepped down as the opening act for America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling's first-ever U.S. Tour. The rapper, best known to fans worldwide for his music and two chart topping U.S. Billboard hit singles "Calor De La Salsa" and "Nasty Girl", elected to leave the tour to address an internet attack campaign aimed at destroying his reputation with fabrications of serious criminal charges.
In a letter to fans and a video posted to his Facebook page, the Sri Lankan/American rapper thanked Lindsey and fans stating, "I want Lindsey's fans to know how much I'll miss performing for them. I have NEVER committed any criminal acts, nor have I ever done anything to compromise my integrity - EVER. "
The smear began four years ago after he released a video condemning hip-hop artist M.I.A. for what he felt were demonstrations of support for known terrorist group the LTTE, one of the most dangerous and deadliest organizations in the world, according to the FBI. The video, featuring his own lyrics over M.I.A.'s hit single "Paper Planes," depicted graphic images of war torn Sri Lanka and the terrorism inflicted on ordinary citizens. Released on YouTube, it drew 450,000 views overnight igniting instant controversy and eliciting hate mail, death threats and reputation attacks on blogs, message boards and video channels.
Subsequently, the video was removed from YouTube and the controversy faded, but smear content remained on the web. Following the announcement of his first U.S. Tour with Stirling, the content re-surfaced, and DeLon faced new questions about his reputation.
"In today's digital world, it's so easy for a person's reputation to be destroyed by the actions of ill-intentioned people who fabricate stories and spread them across the internet," says DeLon. "In 2008, it didn't bother me because I accepted it as a consequence of standing up for what I believed in. I never imagined it would have such devastating ramifications four years later."
Recognized by the Sri Lankan government as one of the country's most visible social activists, DeLon helped rebuild homes after the Tsunami and he returns to the country every year to participate in hands-on philanthropy. The government has publicly acknowledged the allegations were false and issued a letter today from Consul General Dr. Hector Weerasinghe in Los Angeles. "Any allegations of crimes or wrong doing are falsehoods, rumors and tactics being used to vilify DeLon Jayasingha's character and sabotage his endeavors for peace," says Weerasinghe. "We have explored all allegations and have found them to be blatantly false claims."
Leaving the tour was a decision made by DeLon and his team to avoid any negative distractions for Stirling on her first major tour. "We felt it was in everyone's best interest to step down and take the appropriate measures to ensure DeLon's integrity is never questioned again," says manager Sam Salisbury.
A first generation American, DeLon is a celebrated hit-maker and a recognizable award-winning artist in Sri Lanka where he's won numerous awards and mass popularity for his work including the "Best Rap Performance" Award. Based in California, he is an urban ambassador of Sri Lanka, bringing recognition to Sri Lankans around the world who are making a contribution to society.