Singer-songwriter AP Dhillon has come in defense of Canadian rapper Shubh after his India tour got canceled over a social media post
Canadian singer and rapper AP Dhillon is celebrated across the world for his talent. The singer-songwriter of Indian origin has spoken out against the cancel culture by backing fellow Canadian singer Shubh. Shubh’s Indian tour was cancelled after a controversial social media post.
AP Dhillon reacts to Shubh’s controversy
Taking to his Instagram stories, Dhillon wrote about how it has become difficult for artists to do what they love. He said, “I try to stay out of all the social mania as it is clear to me that regardless of what I say or do, it is a lost cause… someone, somewhere, is going to spin the narrative to their liking and create more division. As an artist, it has become almost impossible to stay focused on your craft and do what you love.”
Dhillon continued, “I try to be mindful of everyone’s sentiments, but it’s gotten to a point where we have to second and triple guess our every move due to the fear of unintentionally fueling even more division.”
The singer-rapper said that artists’ images are used by groups to further their own propaganda. He wrote, “Special interest and political groups constantly use our public image as a chess piece to further their agenda while we are just trying to make art that helps people on an individual level, regardless of their color, race, religion, nationality, gender, etc.”
“Spread love not hate. Let’s start thinking for ourselves and not let hateful influences program our beliefs. We are ALL one. Let’s not let man-made social constructs divide us. Division has gotten us to this point but unity is the key to the future,” Dhillon concluded.
About Shubh’s social media post controversy
Canadian-born rapper Shubh's 'Still Rollin India tour' was canceled after allegations that he supports the Khalistan cause. The controversy arose during a time of diplomatic tensions between India and Canada.
The rapper expressed his sorrow at the cancelation of his tour through a social media post that read, "As a young rapper-singer hailing from Punjab, it was my life's dream to put my music on an international dais. But the recent happenings have tumbled my hard work and progress, and I wanted to say a few words to express my dismay and sorrow."
"I'm extremely disheartened by the cancellation of my tour in India. I was highly amped up and enthusiastic to perform in my country, in front of my people. The preparations were in full swing and I was practicing with my heart and soul for the last two months. And I was very excited, happy, and ready to perform. But I guess destiny had some other plans," he further wrote in his post.
The controversy arose when the rapper had posted a distorted map of India on his Instagram stories with the caption "Pray for Punjab.” Responding to this controversial post, Shubh clarified, "My intention in sharing that post on my story was solely to express my concern and prayers for Punjab, as there were reports of electricity and internet shutdowns throughout the state. There was no other intention behind it."