Last week, following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were gunned down and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively, a former military serviceman shot and killed 5 police officers in Dallas, TX, injuring seven others, including two civilians.
Many respected figures in the music industry responded with sensitive messages, urging the public to band together with solidarity during this difficult time. Others conveyed their emotions and thoughts regarding the tragedy, filled with sadness and anger, but mostly with messages aimed at creating awareness for the issues that face our society.
On Twitter, Skrillex posted: “No more death, no more fighting, no more killing. Go out of your way to make someone feel happy, the world needs it.”
Jay Z released his first original track in three years with a message that read, "Punch (TDE) told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died, sadly I told him, 'this issue will always be relevant.' I'm hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last...... I'm saddened and disappointed in THIS America - we should be further along. WE ARE NOT."
However, a legendary figure in the world of House music, A Guy Called Gerald, posted a highly insensitive message on Facebook that resulted in a strong backlash from many who respected and admired him.
"So sad to hear that police officers were shot," remarked A Guy Called Gerald, who went on to say, "dam shame I never got to see the blood gushing out of them like I saw from Alton sterling.r.i.p"
Although it's true that the video of Alton Sterling's death is gruesome and heinous, the message posted by Gerald was one filled with negativity, and it simply did not need to be said. This prompted many of his followers to comment saying how shocked they were to read his message.
One commenter posted on the initial Facebook post saying, "Wow. You sick fuck. *fetches AGCG records, tosses them in the bin*" And he was not alone in that last sentiment with many saying they threw out his records.
More comments began to pour in. While others called Gerald, a "horrible human being," more said they were "completely ashamed" of having supported him over the years. Also, many asked him to explain himself, but the posts that would follow only attempted to back up his initial remarks.
Following a post that only said "Fuck off," A Guy Called Gerald posted another message directed at the backlash of comments that poured out, saying he's "got the capacity and the energy to take it." He would finish off the post by calling himself “Lucipher the crucified”.
He would then go on to try and justify his comments once more, citing an article from The Guardian that charts the race of those killed by police in the US in 2015.
Then, in response to a comment that called him an "idiot," A Guy Called Gerald went on a lengthy rant, which you can read in full below:
I lived in Brooklyn NY from 1997 till 2002 and I saw and felt all I needed to know about your country.. I'v been from east to west and in between and I have
Family there. I'm reacting because I feel it for them.. I see how you all react when the shoe seems to be on the other foot. Not your fault you've been desensitised to death in your country. I lived in Brooklyn for five years. Folks have dead eyes and seemed not to be integrated. I was treated like an untouchable by circadian folk. If I walked in to a store in Manhattan i would just buy the thing and get out to stop the guard from getting nervous.
On night on the way home from rehearsal I was just outside my apartment three plain cop cars blocker the road 2 cops got out
Hands on guns and said what was I doing in crown heights
"Ain't you from Browns vile"
With a smirk like they just got the guy I said I'm from Manchester UK .hands still on guns they said show me I.d.
Now my heart started to race because a few month before there was this cop crime where they shot an unarmed student 21 times as he was going for his I.d I guess when they start they can't stop..
Any way I said listen to my accent do I sound like I'm from Brownsville that eased the presh then I said I'v got my keys in my pocket can I get them? Then I will open the gate of my apartment heart still pumping I put my thumb and four finger into my front pocket and pulled out my key tin knees going I walked to the door and opened the gate I waited for there response they just got back in there cars and unblocked dean St....
Anyway dude fuck you and what ever you know as dance music ..
Music is my life and no man black pink green blue or what ever you think you are
Could ever stop that
This you need to stand under
Please destroy any music you have of mine haha
I make music for my ancestor
And it's the soundtrack of my life ..
Enjoy the sun
A Guy Called is clearly sticking to his guns at this point and whether this will have any impact on his career in music remains to be seen.