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'Not a role model': Ex-ambassador roasts Rich Brian on Twitter

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, July 18, 2019  /  07:53 pm
'Not a role model': Ex-ambassador roasts Rich Brian on Twitter

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomes rapper Rich Brian (in dark batik) at Bogor Palace in West Java on July 7. (Antara/BPMI-Kris)

After meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Jakarta-born rapper Rich Brian has become a subject of discussion.

It started on Tuesday, when former Indonesian ambassador to the United States Dino Patti Djalal tweeted his opinion on the rapper.

“Sorry, although he is considered successful, I, as a father, think that diaspora rapper Rich Brian is not a role model for Indonesian youth,” Dino posted.

Dino shared his reasons, explaining Brian frequently tweeted posts that he deemed disgusting, pornographic, rude and sometimes demeaning to women.

The tweet sparked controversy.

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Brian’s sister, Sonia Eryka, shared a tweet from Dino that shows he previously wanted to invite Rich Brian to the Supermentor Los Angeles event.

Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) head Triawan Munaf responded cheekily to the post.

Dino then posted a tweet directed at Triawan, asking if a successful musician was allowed to say bad words on social media.

“As a parent, the answer is clear: NO,” he tweeted.

When contacted by The Jakarta Post, Triawan refused to comment on Dino’s last post.

He did, however, say that, despite the controversy, the youth of Indonesia could actually learn from Rich Brian’s passion.

“He [worked hard] to do something unthinkable,” Triawan said. (kes)