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Update: “Bully” Performer Apologizes On YouTube

The poll results are in: 57% of you think that mc chris, the nerdcore hip-hop artist, is a bully for kicking out a concertgoer who posted a negative tweet about the show's opening band. After searching Twitter from the greenroom backstage, the performer came on stage and publicly asked for the concertgoer by his full name, Mike Taylor.

Mike raised his hand. mc chris told him to get out, and then, as promised, security escorted him out of the venue. (You can read more about the story here.)

Well, it's amazing what twenty-four hours (and an army of internet rage) can do to someone's ego.

Take a look at the weepy apology video that the performer posted to YouTube yesterday:

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Bullying

Performer Kicks Out Concertgoer For Negative Tweets: Is This Bullying?

Some nerds grow up to be bullies.

I mean, think about it. Were you the nerdy type in grade school? Even if not, imagine the following scenario: you spend your childhood being teased and looked down upon by the "cool" kids. Then, you grow up, rise to a position of power at work, and begin teasing & looking down upon others who are below you.

It feels good, perhaps. Maybe it feels like some sort of retribution. The nerds suffer, then they grow up and try to get even. Does that actually right any wrongs?

No. It only serves to perpetuate the act of bullying into adulthood.

KICKED OUT?

I was browsing Reddit today when I came across a post that really struck a chord with me. Mike Taylor, who goes by wickerman316 on Reddit (and @AdmiralMikey on Twitter) went to a concert in Philadelphia last night. The performer? mc chris. (Yes, that's not a typo -- the nerdcore hip-hop/rap artist spells his stage name with lowercase letters.)

In his own words, here's Taylor's story from his original Reddit post:
So I got kicked out of the Powerglove & mc chris show at Union Transfer in Philly last night by mc chris himself over a tweet. I wasn't digging his opener, Richie Branson. I felt his lyrics were lame and pandering to us gamers and other assorted nerd fans. I also didn't think his delivery was good and his beats were mostly sampled from others songs and music from games, anime and whatnot.
He didn't like the opening act, so he went to Twitter and typed out his thoughts in 140 characters:
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