The Norwegian black metal band Mayhem was to hold a concert in Porto Alegre in Brazil on Tuesday. This has now been cancelled, after a storm of complaints and accusations.
Less than 20 minutes ago
– Neither the band nor any of the members support any form of racism, Nazism, homophobia or discrimination. All Mayhem fans are welcome at the band’s concerts, regardless of background, faith, skin color or whatever, writes Mayhem’s manager, Tore Stjerna, in an email to VG.
Mayhem was supposed to hold a concert at Bar Opinião in Porto Alegre in Brazil on Tuesday this week.
– In recent days, we have been surprised by the wave of serious information and posts on social networks regarding Mayhem’s concert, wrote organizer Bar Opinião on Instagram on Friday.
Bar Opinião also tells about demonstrations outside and near the concert venue, and has concluded to cancel the event.
They add that one of the assessment bases has been the risk for the participants at the concert.
Manger Stjerna writes that the band is disappointed that the concert has been cancelled, but that it is even more upset that hundreds of fans will not be able to see Mayhem.
– What actually happened in this case is that the band was falsely accused on social media, which led to a number of people contacting the venue, who chose to cancel the concert, writes Stjerna, adding that they are now trying to arrange a ” meet-and-greet” with the fans.
According to the online newspaper Gauchazh, it all started around two weeks ago with a post on social media from professor Renato Levin-Borges, where he linked the band to Nazism. After this came a wave of both accusations and statements of support aimed at Mayhem, writes Gauchazh.
A photo has also circulated on social media, showing a banner with a protest against the band hung outside Bar Opinião.
The state secretary in Rio Grande do Sul, Leonel Radde, has also been very critical.
He has posted a series of messages on Twitter about Mayhem, accusing the band of being both racist and Nazi.
Published: 20.03.23 at 23:54
Tags: Mayhem concert canceled Nazism accusations