There were mixed reactions on the Plurnternet when the announcement of kandi being banned from Mad Decent Block Party was originally released. Bro’s rejoiced as the ban was instated, while the kandi community was in an uproar, apparently attacking Diplo via twitter (so not PLUR guys).. Diplo issued a statement on the matter to put the issue to rest. He doesn’t specifically state why the ban was instated, but keeps his message focused on keeping MDBP about the music and nothing else. See the statement below:
Kandi Read: http://t.co/yYTvq9Xf9N
— blondre 3000 (@diplo) August 13, 2014
“So, I never wear Kandi and I understand it’s not drug related culture inherently,” Diplo writes. “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 Dance Safe, cooperated w police and medics to really handle the last three parties and we have set up free water stations at all the MDBP[s].
“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 you’re into whatever you’re 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 women [are] 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. I’m 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.”
What do you think about the Kandi ban at Mad Decent Block Parties and Diplo’s stance on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.