Missy Elliott's management comments on "dishonest" Supafest debacle
Missy Elliott's management has confirmed that the rapper will not be appearing at the Supafest events this month in Australia, calling the festival out for "false promotion" and "dishonest behaviour".
Yesterday, Elliott took to Twitter to tell fans that she had never been confirmed for the event. She replied to a fan who expressed disappointment that she'd cancelled on Australia, "would never do that Wasn't confirmed. That's messed up they would do that smh! I never cancel shows"
Today, her management has issued an official statement confirming that "although there were early discussions between management and the agency representing Supafest, Elliott was never confirmed for the show or contracted to appear".
Mona Scott-Young, Elliott's manager and CEO of Monami Entertainment, said in the statement, "It has come to our attention that Missy Elliott was being falsely advertised for Supafest. The promoter began advertising without confirmation from our end or contracts as it pertains to Missy’s appearance. It is unfortunate when this happens as this dishonest behaviour hurts everyone involved. It not only damages the reputation of the artist but most importantly, it disappoints the fans who spend their hard earned money on tickets expecting to see the artist. On behalf of Missy Elliott and our entire team, we apologise to her fans for the false promotion and are taking measures to resolve the matter.”
Elliott herself stated, “Although I will not be performing at Supafest, I am sure the line-up and the show will still be great. I feel awful that my fans have been led to believe I will be in Australia.”
Supafest's other "cancelled" artist, P Diddy, took to the internet last night to express his feelings on how the situation has been handled. "I'm MAD as f**k," he tweeted.