As released in an official statement to the Toronto Star and PROUD FM, late Friday afternoon, The Kool Haus does not support any form of violent and aggressive lyrics against the gay/lesbian community; including those sung by Elephant Man, scheduled to perform at The Kool Haus, Friday September 28th.
CEO of The Kool Haus, Charles Khabouth, has released the following statement:
"Had I been aware of the nature of the lyrics, I would not have allowed the booking; unfortunately, I was only made aware after the fact. It is impossible for a venue that hosts hundreds of shows a year to be aware of all violent and discriminatory lyrics performed by artists. Furthermore, had I had the ability to pull the show altogether, once I was made aware of the nature of the lyrics, I would have. Due to a contractual agreement that was signed before the matter was brought to my attention, I was not able to act as I would have liked. I want to make it clear, I am not comfortable with this show at The Kool Haus, and I in no way, support the musician or his lyrics; I am simply bound to a contractual agreement that I am unable to break.
If we could single handedly stop these kinds of musical acts - we would. Unfortunately having turned away 2 similar shows in the past proved to have no impact on them appearing in Toronto. All cases of violence and intimidation should be dealt with severely; we are not discounting the problem, however, we are not able to have a substantial impact on their appearances in the city of Toronto."
While his recent solo efforts have netted him huge ratings and 'Log On' and 'Higher Level,' Elephant Man has appeared on every major show in the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas as a part of the Scare Dem Crew Elephant Man continues to develop music.
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