Mayor Vows Review After Profanities At Philadelphia 4th Of July Wawa Welcome America Concert
July 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM (PT)
PHILADELPHIA Mayor MICHAEL NUTTER told reporters that he will review FRIDAY night's "WAWA WELCOME AMERICA" concert after most of the performers swore on stage and on the live broadcast, although he said he wasn't bothered by the language himself and couldn't always tell what the performers were saying.
CBS RADIO News KYW/PHILADELPHIA reports that the concert, billed as the "Largest Free Concert in AMERICA," headlined by NICKI MINAJ, ED SHEERAN, JENNIFER HUDSON and ALOE BLACC (ARIANA GRANDE was a last-minute cancellation) and hosted by MARLON WAYANS, and televised by VH1 and PALLADIA and ABC O&O WPVI-TV (6ABC)/PHILADELPHIA, caused the local telecast on 6ABC to cut to a station ID slide at frequent intervals as the delay tried to catch up. Mayor NUTTER said, “I think the instances were fairly few in the course of a four-hour concert. To be honest, I couldn’t understand most of what NICKI MINAJ was saying."
NUTTER told KYW that the contracts with talent do include provisions about language and behavior and that the city will take "additional steps and measures" to make next year's event less profane, but while he apologized to those offended, he added, "The acts are fairly well known, and people have the choice to either not participate while that artist is on, or not be around, or go to the bathroom. Go get something to eat! Do whatever it is that you have to do."