Cuban-American rapper Armando "Pitbull" Perez is taking a bite out of Arizona over the state's "papers please" legislation by canceling a stop in Phoenix at the Celebrity Theatre as part of his "Mr. Worldwide's Carnival" tour.
"I am canceling my concert in Phoenix on May 31," types Pitbull. "How is the country we enjoy and love bcuz of its human rights, freedom, opportunity and that has been built by immigrants, now start 2 deny them? It is contradicting 2 everything the USA stands 4."
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Yes, we had sold quite a few tickets. As with many shows the majority of tickets are sold in the last two weeks before the event. That said there is no reason to think that the event would not have sold out!
We are very disappointed behind his decision to cancel the event. I am glad the artist has right to express his opinion in whatever manner he chooses, I just wish it didn't effect so many people's paychecks. I personally wished he would have followed in Shakira's footsteps and came to the state and voiced his views in person - concert or not! There are plenty of ways to raise awareness than just to boycott.
This isn't the first time we missed out on great entertainment because of an artist's political view. I recall Bill Cosby skipping our fine state a few times because of the lack of the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday.
I can't help but wonder since the city of Los Angeles is boycotting the entire state of Arizona if the Lakers will be forfeiting the playoff game against the Suns?
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