Colombians Angered by Wiz Khalifa’s Visit to Pablo Escobar’s Grave
The drug lord may be a folk hero to some, but in Medellin, the scars of Escobar’s violence haven’t healed.
Published on March 28, 2017

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is receiving some serious criticism following a recent trip to Colombia. The cannabis-loving rapper performed a show in Medellín, Colombia, and visited the grave of the notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar afer the concert.

According to the BBC, Wiz posted three photos of himself smoking weed at Escobar’s grave site, and another with a bouquet of flowers and a pre-rolled joint laying at the drug lord’s headstone. Khalifa has since removed the photo of the flowers and joint, but has left the on-location selfies.

And while Pablo Escobar has become a folk hero in American drug culture thanks to the Netflix’s Narcos and countless mentions in popular music, people in Colombia aren’t nearly as nostalgic. As soon as Khalifa posted the photos, he heard it from social media commenters, politicians and everyone in-between.

Federico Gutierrez, the mayor of Medellín, said that Wiz should apologize for “advocating crime” and continued by calling the rapper a “scoundrel.”

"It shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers," Gutierrez said.

In addition to the city’s mayor, Khalifa’s Instagram was filled with comments chastising the cannabis advocate for his apparent support of Escobar. Most of the comments were in Spanish, but one user summed up their sentiment with the comment “Go see Bin Laden’s grave, too.”

Wiz has yet to comment on the controversy, but it doesn’t seem like he’s rushing to take the photos off social media, if that says anything. 

Zach Harris
Zach Harris is a writer based in Philadelphia whose work has appeared on Noisey, First We Feast, and Jenkem Magazine. You can find him on Twitter @10000youtubes complaining about NBA referees.
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