Festival Slammed For Charging More For "Non-People Of Colour" Forced To Change After Backlash

9 July 2019, 12:04 | Updated: 9 July 2019, 12:06

Rapper Tiny Jag pulled out of the festival for their previous ticket model
Rapper Tiny Jag pulled out of the festival for their previous ticket model. Picture: Getty/Twitter

A Detroit Festival has announced they are changing their "POC and NON-POC" ticket model after receiving "white supremacist" threats.

AfroFuture Fest has received a significant amount of backlash after introducing a ticket model which charged a different price for people of colour and non-people of colour.

The festival which is taking place on the 3rd- Aug in Detroit, had been split into different rates - with early bird prices starting at $10 for "people of colour" and $20 for "non-people of colour".

Through the ticketing site Eventbrite, the festival made some "POC" tickets free, which quickly sold out. The organisers previously said the pricing model was made to ensure "the most marginalised communities" were given a chance to attend.

Biracial rapper Tiny Jag, who was on the lineup, refused to perform at the show and demand her name be removed from promotional content.

Eventbrite - the website hosting the tickets - said it had asked the organisers to "alter their event accordingly", as its policy does not "permit events that require attendees to pay different prices based on their protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity".

Although Eventbrite asked AfroFuture to alter their event, Afrofuture Youth took to Twitter to reveal the "real reason" on why they chose to change their tickets.

Afro Future Youth have announced they changed their ticketing model after 'white supremacist' threats
Afro Future Youth have announced they changed their ticketing model after 'white supremacist' threats. Picture: Twitter

They revealed they changed the ticket model to ensure "the safety of our community, family, elders who received threats from white supremacists" - and to protect young people "who were subjected to seeing racist comments on our Instagram page".

The festival compromised and announced that they changed the ticket model "to $20 General Admission & suggested donation for nonPOC on @eventbrite" via their Twitter account.

See backlash tweets below.

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