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Toronto police investigating music video that takes aim at TTC

Ginella Massa | posted Thursday, May 31st, 2018

The TTC said it has filed a complaint with Toronto police over a controversial music video that appears to take aim at transit workers.

The video, posted earlier this month by GTA-based 6ixreacts, appears to be shot on subway cars and platforms. The rapper makes gunshot gestures and references TTC fare collectors while saying “two-shots to your dome” and “I’ll shoot you in your chin.”

The TTC said the video was brought to their attention by employees and customers.

“The TTC condemns this video and lyrics in the strongest possible terms,” it said in a statement. “The content threatens extreme violence against TTC employees, which is a criminal act. This is completely unacceptable.

“The individuals depicted in the video did not seek authorization to film on the TTC, nor would they have been granted permission based on the violence promoted in the video.”

The TTC said it has asked YouTube to remove the video from its platform.

“At least once a day TTC employees are assaulted or threatened for simply doing their jobs. The courts and police take these matters very seriously, as does the TTC.”

The 6ixreacts Instagram page, which has over 6,700 followers, includes mostly comedic videos meant to provoke a reaction.

“6ixreacts is fictional parody character influenced by the various cultures and languages seen throughout urban locations across the city,” the man behind the account said. “6ixreacts does not reflect the views and opinions of myself, nor do I advocate any form of assault against TTC workers. The song was nothing but a joke and parody, and shouldn’t be taken as a serious immediate threat to TTC workers.”

Toronto police confirmed they are investigating, but said it’s too early to say what charges, if any, could result.


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