The City of Toronto has apologized for “inappropriate content” during rapper Belly’s Canada Day performance at Nathan Phillips Square on Monday.
In a tweet posted on Monday evening, Special Events T.O. wrote that they were sorry “for the inappropriate content during tonight’s closing performance at Nathan Phillips Square.”
The #CityofTO apologizes for the inappropriate content during tonight’s closing performance at Nathan Phillips Square.
— Special Events T.O. (@specialeventsTO) July 4, 2017
Belly came under fire for using swear words during his performance.
— BELLY (@reBELLYus) July 4, 2017
This prompted a series of complaints from concerned attendees, who criticized Special Events T.O. for allowing the rapper to drop profanity and reference drug culture while on stage.
Not everyone thinks this uncivilized behaviour is an appropriate performance for young CHILDREN. Seriously check your moral compass! #TOfail
— Doris (@newfiechick) July 4, 2017
Excessive swearing and vulgar language. #notcool
— John Wang (@wangjohn) July 4, 2017
I cringed the whole performance. He didn’t just say the Fword 100 times. He said he was smoking CDN kush, drinking, popping pills all day :/
— Meaghan (@mkosial) July 4, 2017
However, others seemed to be unbothered by Belly’s lyrics.
If you can’t handle ‘strong language’ at a live performance of music I think you need to say home and stay away from people
— …….. (@kidwithagopro) July 4, 2017
Your fault for showing up… what did you expect lol
— SULEI (@SULEIMON) July 4, 2017
Please stop overreacting! pic.twitter.com/EqPyyjy9OG
— Chris Adam (@Kaiserca75) July 4, 2017
The four-day Canada Day celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square also featured performances by Drake, dvsn, and Majid Jordan.