Diplo Bans Kandi at MDBP, Kandi Kid Throws Kandi at Him…
Diplo vs. Kandi Kids; the battle rages on. Seems that kandi kids are still pretty ticked off about the fact they can't wear their most colorful assortment of beads to the Mad Decent Block Party. After Diplo and company announced what has become a controversial decision last week, the MDBP captain was filmed putting their new policy into action, denying a kandi kid's PLUR offering, stating "I'm not good at PLUR."
Diplo later released a statement regarding their new policy via Twitlonger:
"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."
And "attack" they would, as a PLUR warrior at the Mad Decent Block Party's Michigan stop threw a piece of kandi at Diplo while he was on stage. Diplo, however, responded by encouraging the crowd to greet the offender with hugs. Seems Diplo is a lot better at PLUR than he gives himself credit for...
While it may be still too early to judge how effective these new regulations are, there have been no reported deaths or injuries since its implementation following two deaths and 20 hospitalizations at the Maryland MDBP date. Only time will tell if it's a significant step in cleaning up the scene.
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