Cypress Hill Cancel Arizona Show Due to Immigration Law
Cypress Hill have canceled a forthcoming tour stop in Tuscan, Ariz., in protest to the state’s recently passed SB1070 immigration bill calling their decision a “show of resistance to the criminalization of immigrant communities.” The controversial bill allows law enforcement to prejudicially detain anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant in the state.
The concert was to take place on May 21 at the Rialto Theater, and was among a string of performances behind the SoCal hip-hop act’s eighth album, ‘Rise Up!’ “This decision was made in an effort to show support and solidarity with those, undocumented and otherwise, being directly affected by this unconstitutional ‘law,” a statement from the band read. “Cypress Hill recognizes those living in the struggle for their basic civil rights.”
Cypress Hill join a legion of disapproving musicians, including Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am who recently ranted his disgust at the bill on Twitter. “The racial profiling is aimed at Mexicans,” Will wrote. “There are illegal Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, Europeans, Australians and Arabs in the USA. The sad thing is Mexicans do jobs Americans don’t do and then we complain like [they] a nuisance.”
No word on whether Cypress Hill, whose frontman B-Real is of Mexican lineage, plan to ever reschedule or play the state again.