U.S. Beef! Yasiin Bey Tour Canceled Due To Immigration/Legal Issues
Sadly, Yasiin Bey — also known as Mos Def — has canceled his U.S. tour. The highly anticipated tour was killed because of “immigration/legal issues,” states the Boston Together Music Festival (h/t The Daily News). It is not clear what policies have barred Bey from entering the country (he was born here). Complex says he could have turned down entry to the US or, perhaps, he became a citizen of South Africa and gave up his American citizenship. According to The Guardian, Bey and his people haven’t responded to inquiries about the situation.
Bey has been vocal about his opposition to some American policies. In July 2013, Bey joined forces with the human rights group Reprieve to reenact the force feeding that’s endured by prisoners in Guantanamo Bay who go on hunger strikes.
“The U.S. military reports half of Gitmo’s detainees are striking from food as a protest against their “indefinite confinement and conditions” and to shed light on the horrific way in which these individuals are being treated, Yasin Bey chose to become one of them by choice. “
An Al-Jazeera documents relay:
Hunger striking Guantanamo prisoners who are force-fed a liquid nutritional supplement undergo a brutal and dehumanizing medical procedure that requires them to wear masks over their mouths while they sit shackled in a restraint chair for as long as two hours. The prisoners remain this way, with a 61cm – or longer – tube snaked through their nostril until a chest X-ray, or a test dose of water, confirms it has reached their stomach. At the end of the feeding, the prisoner is removed from the restraint chair and placed into a “dry cell” with no running water. A guard then observes the detainee for 45-60 minutes “for any indications of vomiting or attempts to induce vomiting”. If the prisoner vomits he is returned to the restraint chair.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Yasiin Bey shared why he left “The Land of The Great.”
“I lived in Brooklyn 33 years of my life. I thought I’d be buried in that place. Around seven years ago, I was like, you know, ‘I gotta go, I gotta leave.’ It’s very hard to leave. And I lived in a lot of places. Central America. North America. Europe for a while,” he said.
The “Brown Sugar” rapper currently lives in South Africa. Bey may not be touring, but musically fans can expect to see Bey acting in the upcoming film, Life Of Crime.
Below is a video of Bey experiencing the force-feeding ritual. Warning: It’s disturbing.
Updated to include info from Complex.