A transphobic comment from the Instagram account of Bjarki’s bbbbbb Records was posted on a video of Octo Octa and has since sparked outrage, with a future NYC label showcase cancelled.
Trans artist Octo Octa, also known as Maya Bouldry-Morrison, recently performed for Resident Advisor’s RA Sessions with a live set of her eclectic blend of house and techno. A clip from the recording was posted on Instagram, which prompted numerous transphobic comments.
One such comment came from the Instagram account of Bjarki’s bbbbbb Records, the label co-owned by the Icelandic artist who is also an affiliate of Nina Kraviz’s ᴛрип imprint. The comment read: “Better to make it as a DJ to be a she than a he. She-man!”
The transphobic message, which has since been deleted along with much of the transphobic comments on the Instagram post, prompted many in the industry to call out the producer. An upcoming label showcase at the Brooklyn venue House of Yes is now cancelled and replaced by a free event.
Whether Bjarki posted the comment himself is still unclear. Mixmag has reached out for comment.
UPDATE: Bjarki has released a statement following the cancellation of two events. He has parted with his label partner Johnny Chrome Silver, who admitted to making the comments in a statement of his own. You can read both statements here.
Read a screen grab of the original comment along with the reactions below.
BJARKI IS CANCELLED THIS THURSDAY— House of Yes (@houseofyesnyc) July 18, 2017
We're not okay with transphobic behavior of any kind
Back to our regularly scheduled Dirty Thursday party!
yup we are 100% cancelling it. event pages will be pulled down by end of day— House of Yes (@houseofyesnyc) July 18, 2017
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCKKKKKKK— DISCWOMAN (@DISCWOMANNYC) July 18, 2017
It's downright wrong that people with these views are permitted to operate within this industry.— Good Room (@GoodRoomBK) July 18, 2017