After the Mad Decent Block Party in Maryland ended tragically with two attendees dead and more hospitalized with drug-related maladies, tour promoters were moved to implement a slew of additional safety measures for the remaining dates.

Related: 2 Dead After Mad Decent Block Party in Maryland

Among those measures included banning “kandi,” the brightly colored beaded jewelry often sported and traded by dance music fans at parties. The move has raised ire among some of those fans (including Electric Daisy Carnival founder, Pasquale Rotella) who’ve publicly criticized the kandi ban for demonizing the jewelry and aligning them with drug culture.

Related: Electric Daisy Carnival’s Pasquale Rotella Fires Back at Mad Decent Block Party’s Kandi Ban

Mad Decent founder Diplo has now responded to the growing controversy with a statement delivered via Twitlonger. Read it in full below:

“So… I never wear Kandi and I understand it’s not drug related culture inherently .. We just had serious issues with kids hiding it .. and there was a definite relationship between safety and security and made it so we had to ban certain items. We have teamed up w dancesafe .. Cooperated w police and medics to really handle the last three parties and We have set up free water stations at all the mdbp .. All I care about is people coming to enjoy music and have a safe and good time.. Everything else is secondary .. I would trade 100 thousand angry ravers to have 100% safe and happy street parties when we started it on philly 6 years ago.



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