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Bjarki forced to cancel tour after label partner's transphobic outburst

The person responsible has since been sacked...

Bjarki has cancelled his forthcoming tour and has cut ties with his label partner Johnny Chrome Silver, after Silver left an offensive transphobic comment on the Instagram account of trans artist Octo Octa.

Bjarki has since apologised on behalf of his label partner, "My deepest apologies to Maya, my fans, and the entire LGBTQ community on behalf of my label for my partner’s inappropriate comments,” reads a statement posted to Bjarki's Facebook page.

The comment in question saw Silver write, “Better to make it as a DJ to be a she than a he. She-man!”, which understandably caused outrage amongst the LGBTQ and dance music community.

Bjarki has since parted ways with Silver and taken the decision to cancel his forthcoming North American tour.

"The person working for me has now been removed from the label and relieved of his duties, including social media," wrote Bjarki on Facebook.

"Those who know me can assure that I do not hate on other artists. Unfortunately, due to the timing of this incident, we feel it necessary to reschedule the tour, only because we would like to come back and make a more concerted effort to transgender organisations and artist to be included for the makeup date.

"Embarrassing enough my label has trans-gender artist on board and I would never want to hurt any of my friends. We will continue to support artists with no discrimination, and will NOT CONDONE the actions of those who do not exude compassion, empathy, and understanding for all."

Silver has since admitted he wrote the comment on bbbbbb Records' Instagram account and has since apologised.

"I feel so bad regarding the stupid comment I made on bbbbbb label’s Instagram, I never meant to do no harm, so sad that it went this way. I take full responsibility."

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