A group of ticket holders for the 2020 South by Southwest media and film conference are filing a class action lawsuit against the festival’s organizers, citing the conference’s no-refund policy in the light of its cancellation, necessitated by the national Chinese coronavirus epidemic.
South by Southwest, which occurs in Austin, Texas, was cancelled for the first time in 2020 due to the epidemic. Ticket holders were promised that they’d be allowed to use their tickets to attend the event in future years, but some ticket holders signing onto the lawsuit are arguing for a refund, stating that they need the money to pay for vital expenses in light of the recession. Tickets to SXSW are in the neighborhood of $1000, even when purchased early.
“Reserving the right to change or cancel SXSW without providing a refund violates Texas law and is especially harmful during this very difficult time when so many people are suffering physically and financially,” said Randy Howry of Howry Breen & Herman, a law firm representing ticket holders who want a refund for the conference.
SXSW is one of the most popular and highly-sought after conferences to occur annually in the United States, and its cancellation has created a significant economic hazard for the city of Austin, which is accustomed to the inflow of tourism dollars surrounding the event.
The conference organizers are claiming that they don’t have the money to grant refunds.
“Due to the unique nature of South By Southwest’s business, where we are reliant on one annual event, we incurred extensive amounts of non-recoup-able costs well in advance of March,” said a spokesperson. “These expenditures, and the loss of expected revenue, have resulted in a situation where we do not have the money to issue refunds.”
Really a sad situation all around, particularly so for the small businesses and service workers reliant on the tourist appeal of SXSW to make a living.
Rapper Lil Pump Pulls a 50 Cent by Praising President Donald Trump for His Tax Policy
Will Other Rappers Follow Suit?
Soundcloud rapper Lil Pump endorsed President Donald Trump’s re-election bid on October 25, 2020.
The rapper alluded to Trump’s tax policies, which stand in sharp contrast to Joe Biden’s pro-tax hike agenda.
On Instagram, the rapper posted a photo-shopped image of himself and the president, with text saying “THE DAY I MET TRUMP #trump202022020.”
Lil Pump, whose government name is Gazzy Garcia, then released a video further detailing why he endorsed Trump, alluding to Trump’s tax plans. “All I gotta say is Trump 2020 b****” Lil Pump exclaimed. “F*** I look like paying a extra 33 is tax for Biden, b***** ass n—. F**** sleepy Joe n— Trump 2020 b****.”
Additionally, famed Queens rapper 50 Cent complained about Joe Biden’s tax policies, which is indicative of a growing sect of the rap community that is not exactly pleased with the prospects of a high tax environment under Biden.
That said, its remains to be seen if this trend crystallizes into a broader anti-tax movement in the rap space. Most rappers tend to promote culturally leftist narratives and don’t give alternative views on the Right much consideration. Like many other institutions, the rap space has seen a total takeover by the Left.
Curiously, Garcia held anti-Trump views on a previous occasion. Right after the 2016 presidential election, Lil Pump tweeted: “F*** DONALD TRUMP.”
There maybe a budding revolt against political elites. Culture matters and when it becomes clear that elites cannot even control the thoughts of cultural icons, all bets are off. Obviously, rappers should not be expected to serve as the vanguard of the America First movement. But such types of dissent should be encouraged at a time when nationalists need all the support they can get.
Once cultural barriers break down, a massive realignment is bound to happen, which is why elites want most cultural representatives to stay in line and repeat their talking points like mindless drones.
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