As seen with the recent events surrounding El Chapo in the past 18 months, pop culture has a fascination with foreign drug lords. Folk heroes in their own countries, names such as Pablo Escobar receive VIP treatment from anti establishment supporters worldwide.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa recently visited Escobar’s grave and laid flowers on it in the Colombian city of Medellin.
The city’s mayor expressed outrage over the visit which was shared with the world via Instagram.
“It shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers,” said.
It stands to reason that Mr. Gutierrez has never been to Khalifa’s block in Pittsburgh…just saying.
The mayor went on to state that the chart-topper should have visited the graves of some of Escobar’s 4,000 victims instead of the murderer himself.
Ok fine. The mayor is upset that a star would for whatever reason would decide to bring attention to a cult figure that his city would like to forget.
On the other hand, in a separate 2013 report, the BBC also reported that the country is also having an issue with citizens that are profiting from Escobar’s death.
“People really like them because it’s like wearing a [picture] of a Saint you have faith in,” explains Jenny Zapata, who sells Escobar-themed T-shirts at Pasaje Junin in Medellin.
Escobar was shot and killed by police in 1993.
In 2013 and through today, there are plenty of Colombian businesses that sell a lot of merchandise that bears Escobar’s likeness.
Perhaps, Gutierrez should ignore travelers that are spending money and performing in his city and focus on reshaping Escobar’s image from within.
Once his city is united, then perhaps he can say something. Until then his words ring empty as his streets still look to Escobar as a symbol of prosperity.
Watch: Wiz Khalifa Perform In Medellin