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Killer Mike Defends The Right To Punch A Nazi
This past weekend a video surfaced of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting punched while conducting an interview, and since then the short clip has transformed into a meme.
The meme features a song that is synchronized to the video, with a particular snare drum hit coinciding right with Spencer getting punched in the face. One particular meme features Run the Jewels' "Blockbuster Night Part 1," which member Killer Mike shared on his Twitter account with the statement "This is amazing."
Following the tweet Mike defended himself from critics of the video, saying "I think it's ok for a white guy to knock the shit outta a nazi, still."
"Last I checked Nazis were still on My Granddads 'fuck up on site' list," the rapper said in an another tweet.
Although Spencer claims to not identify as a nazi (in the original video he tells someone off camera that he does not associate with the label) the group that he does associate himself with (the alt-right) maintains an ideology that is similar to Nazism. The organization is defined as group of people with far right ideologies who reject mainstream conservatism, and embraces white nationalism, racist, anti-immigrant and anti-feminist positions.
Plus, there was this video released back in November of last year, in which Spencer hosted a conference in Washington, and upon declaring the words "Hail Trump" at the end of a speech, a number of people in attendance began to mimic Nazi salutes.
Run The Jewels have expanded their already extensive 2017 tour, which includes stops throughout North America and Europe. Tour dates can be seen below.
01/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
01/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
01/16 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
01/17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
01/18 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
01/20 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
01/21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
01/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
01/24 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
01/25 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
01/29 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
01/30 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
02/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
02/02 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
02/03 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
02/05 – Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre
02/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
02/07 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
02/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
02/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
02/11 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
02/13 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland
02/14 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
02/15 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
02/17 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
02/18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
02/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
02/21 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
02/22 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
02/24 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02/25 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
2/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
2/27 -New York, NY @ Terminal 5
3/10 – 3/11 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music + Art Project
3/29 – Belfast, United Kingdom @ Limelight
3/30 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
3/31 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Albert Hall
4/01 – London, United Kingdom @ Roundhouse
4/03 – Mayrhofen, Austria @ Snowbombing
4/05 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
4/06 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Main Hall
4/07 – Paris, France @ Élysée Montmartre
5/26 – 5/28 – Township, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival
5/26 – 5/28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
6/02 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
6/09 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside Festival
7/14 – 7/16 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival