Holographic "performances" by the likes of 2Pac and Michael Jackson have already broken laws of taste and decency, but a new show by a living artist appears to have fallen foul of the actual law. Chief Keef, a rapper with warrants out for his arrest related to child support disputes, attempted to beam a live hologram performance from California to Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana on Saturday night, but police shut it down after around a minute, The New York Times reports.
Chief Keef's Craze Fest appearance was arranged after a Chicago hologram performance was called off following condemnation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, calling the rapper an "unacceptable role model" who could present a "significant public safety risk" by appearing in virtual form. Chief Keef initially planned to hold the show in downtown Chicago on Saturday night, but reportedly later announced the new location over Instagram.
Chicago called the hologram a "significant public safety risk."
"I know nothing about Chief Keef," Hammond mayor Thomas McDermott told the Times. "All I'd heard was he has a lot of songs about gangs and shooting people — a history that's anti-cop, pro-gang and pro-drug use. He's been basically outlawed in Chicago, and we're not going to let you circumvent Mayor Emanuel by going next door."
"No one ever gave me a reason why they didn't want the hologram to appear," said Craze Fest promoter Malcolm Jones. "They didn't have a real reason. They believed that it would start trouble, but the first thing Chief Keef said via hologram was: ‘Chicago, we need to stop the violence. Let our kids live.'"