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Homophobic Brew

Members of Home Brew were hired for Victoria’s 2014 O-Week despite VUWSA saying they would not be hired after threatening a Victoria student in 2013.

Harry ‘Haz Beats’ Huavi, producer of hip-hop group Home Brew, and band member Tom Scott were both hired for O-Week. Prior to their 2013 O-Week show, Huavi threatened a Victoria student via Twitter. 2013 VUWSA President Rory McCourt told Salient he would put in place a policy to ensure Home Brew were not hired again.

Huavi performed a DJ set on 28 February, and Scott has been hired to perform with group @peace later this month. Both events are part of the ‘One Orientation’ lineup, planned by VUWSA and the Massey Wellington Students’ Association, MAWSA.

VUWSA President Sonya Clark said: “MAWSA had planned and organised this show before the joint Orientation was co-ordinated, meaning that VUWSA had no control over the choice of artist”.

Clark also said that: “VUWSA does not and will never condone homophobic comments or physical threats against students”.

The tweets that led to VUWSA’s policy include: “I’m down in Welli this weekend just fuck this fuckers face up. Come test! Bring your friends il take them all on you faggots! Fuck you! [sic],” and: “I’ll smash your Dad if your too scared to face me [sic]”.

In 2012, Scott threatened music journalist Duncan Grieve on Twitter, saying he would “come see you and break your fucking little face.”

Clark did not comment on whether VUWSA would hire Haz Beats or other members of Home Brew for future events.

As Salient went to print, it was reported that a member of the band had punched a 17-year-old in the face during a performance at Lincoln University’s O-Week on the night of Wednesday 5 March. Huavi tweeted on Thursday afternoon: “Did you expect me not to punch you in the face when your hand reached in my pockets tryna steal my wallet?”

Salient has chosen not to name the author of this article. In 2013, a Salient writer was threatened by Huavi after reporting on the abusive tweets he sent to a student.

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