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Alaska Rappers Stopped While Performing At Fairbanks Fair Claim To Be Victims Of Racism By Fair Management

Published on Aug 15,2016
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FAIRBANKS — Tanana Valley State Fair officials interrupted the set of two musicians performing for a full crowd Thursday at the Ferguson Field Stage, cutting the set short after receiving complaints the duo’s lyrics were inappropriate. Fair General Manager Joyce Whitehorn said the lyrics violated the fair’s standards and rules, specifically that the words were inappropriate given the family-oriented nature of the fair. “Some of the language and the innuendo of what they were saying and singing were offensive to our fair ... and when you’re hearing things that they were singing that were inappropriate to families, which there was families sitting there, I’m going to shut them down,” Whitehorn said. The performers were Fairbanks rappers Bishop Slice, a.k.a. Julian Lillie, and Starbuks, a.k.a. Michael Cofey. Cofey posted a video on Facebook later that night in which he attempts to get answers from Whitehorn as to why they were stopped. After several minutes, the video shows fair security escorting Cofey from the premises.