Mykki Blanco

The gender-bending rapper Mykki Blanco is doing a residency at an art gallery in Lisbon right now, and his trip overseas isn’t going so well. As Noisey reports, Blanco was arrested at the airport Monday after an altercation with local police. During the encounter, he posted on Facebook, “I’M being arrested in Portugal for being gay,” followed by a second post, “Chilling in the Portuguese Police Station #FUCKPIGS GLOBALLY! haha.” He was fined 600 euros for telling a police officer to “go fuck [himself].” Here’s how Blanco explained the incident to Noisey:

…The altercation escalated because I waited in a long line outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told I could not use my credit card but only cash (which also is not true I later found), the taxi attendant and cop refused to help in any way. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists. A Portuguese woman in line with me even leaned over and whispered, ’I don’t know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don’t need cash’. I should have listened to the woman and went inside to find the voucher office but there is a part of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to “go away” like I was a nuisance and when I asked why he could not help but the other white tourists I was yelled at and told to “go away bicha” which is a gay slur [according to Urban Dictionary: it is an offensive slur meant to challenge a man on his sexuality], even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.

The Portuguese Public Security did not respond to Noisey’s request for comment. Blanco has continued to address the situation with a series of Facebook posts that have resulted in a fiery comment war. His most recent post from last night states, “I’m leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonight.” Check out a number of Blanco’s posts below.

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Comments (11)
  1. Remember when No Age got beat up in Lisbon?

    http://www.stereogum.com/387042/no-age-get-beat-up-in-lisbon/news/

    Pretty uncool, Portugal.

  2. Well, he said himself he should’ve just gone inside and helped himself. The end result is fairly fucked, but he chose to bark up the tree. Saying “fuck you” to an officer is probably never a good idea anywhere in the world.

  3. Yeah, I saw a side of my country that usually goes unnoticed because people around here are usually pretty passive about their prejudices. Except on the internet of course. It’s funny because we constantly badmouth this country, yet when a foreigner does it everyone suddenly loves Portugal and hates anyone who dares to criticize it. In this case, Mykki being openly queer (and obviously black) provided the perfect vessel for all the hatred and prejudice.
    I am really embarrassed by the way people reacted, but it’s a little biased to neglect the messages and comments defending and supporting Mykki as well. The whole country ended up being blocked from his social media outlets even though there are people who admire him and were showing support amidst that sad show of pseudo-nationalism.

    • I agree, but I also see where he comes from, he probably gets enough hate on a daily basis and portuguese people literally ganged up on him online. Which is quite funny ’cause in any other day those same people would be saying “fuck the police” and “police are pigs”. Everyone just lost their minds about this only because it was a tourist pointing out the racism and homophobia in Portugal. It’s sad really and just gives a bad reputation to Portugal and Lisbon.

  4. A hint, Mykki. Airport taxi drivers and Portuguese cops are, in their vast majority, racist assholes. Next time, use the information desk.

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