Idaho Residents Call for Boycott of Nelly’s Upcoming Concert at State Fair

Nelly is set to perform at the Idaho State Fair, but it appears that many of the residents

in North Idaho aren’t too psyched to see him.


Local news outlets reported that several angry residents sent emails complaining about

the choice to bring Nelly to perform and how fearful they are of a rapper coming to their

town. A man named Duane Rasmussen sent an email with the subject: “Whoa Nelly.” In

his message, Rasmussen expressed how he was “appalled by the actions of the fair board

in selecting rapper entertainment for the fair.”

“Perhaps the North Idaho Fair Board has already made enough money on ticket sales to

the denizens of Seattle and Portland to ignore any boycott attempt,” Rasmussen wrote.

“Collecting money through ticket sales to people who live in [Capitol Hill Autonomous

Zone] and [Capitol Hill Organized Protest] might just help us get past the financial

difficulties of the last year but is that what we are willing to sell our cultural souls for?”

“I wonder if someone on the far left that is consumed with creating everything possible

to injure our traditional communities’ values and lifestyle is behind influencing weak-

minded people on the KC fair board and our county commissioners by selling them on

this insane decision to upset our peaceful fair with the likes of Nelly,” wrote another

resident, Rich Loudenback. “Talk about selling your soul to the devil for money.”

Others expressed their discontent, pointing out that Nelly glorifies “the pimp lifestyle.”

Despite the complaints, however, Nelly is still scheduled to perform whether those

residents like it or not.


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