Australian Rapper Apologises For Domestic Violence Joke On Wax Rihanna

Tasteless joke backfires.

1. Earlier this week Max MacKinnon, one half of Australian hip-hop group Bliss N Eso, posed for a series of photos with wax statues at Sydney’s Madame Tussauds that caused outrage.

2. The images (since deleted) included MacKinnon posing up against a Rihanna wax statue that made a crude reference to her assault by then partner Chris Brown in 2009.

3. The hip-hop star also disgraced himself with Lady Gaga’s wax statue.

4. And actress Raquel Welch.

5. The images caused an instant backlash on social media.

That pic Eso posted of him pretending to punch a wax figure of Rihanna: if that was not her but your sister, daughter, friend. Still funny?

— Kez Unprepared (@KezUnprepared)

Urgh. Bliss N Eso's Max MacKinnon is absolutely disgusting.

— Tahlia Pritchard (@Tahls)

I like to avoid Aussie hip hop so I don't know any Bliss n Eso songs but I promise if the opportunity ever comes up, I will boycott them.

— Libby Wood (@liabzann)

9. MacKinnon deleted the photos within hours, then uploaded an apology message and eventually deactivated his Instagram account.

10. After taking down all images from his instagram, MacKinnon posted an emotional video apologising for the photos.


13. See the full video here:

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Nick Wray is a junior video producer for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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