Can You Censor an Artist from Performing as a Hologram?

Hip-hop artist, Chief Keef, has found a clever way to perform for his fans in concert without actually having to be there in real life. He performs as a hologram.

Well, sorta. It's not actually a hologram, but a kind of video projection created by a company called Hologram USA, that raised Tupac from the dead, as Gizmodo explains. According to The GuardianKeef plays as a hologram to avoid arrest, as he has several arrest warrants against him in Illinois, and he's been called "an unacceptable role model" by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who claims he has "promoted violence." Keef's reputation as a menace to society has prevented him performing, even as a projection. This past Saturday, Keef's holographic performance in Hammond, Il at Craze Fest was shut down by police.

Keef's team hinted on Saturday that he'd be performing as a hologram at a secret location in Chicago, but later confirmed he'd be at Craze Fest, 25 miles outside of Chicago. The concert was a benefit to raise money for a fellow rapper and a 13-month-old child, who both died in a shooting incident, with a message of "Stop the Killing."  

Saturday's incident has brought on a larger discussion of censorship and the arts. Can and should an artist who's been deemed a threat to society be banned from performing, even as a holographic image? I think the artist community at large will probably all answer with a resounding "No." 

 Via: The Guardian; images via Instagram