The original incident happened from the stage on August 9 during Festival Cubano, held at Riis Park in Chicago.
Perez’s precise language is not clear, but social media posts from those in attendance claim that during a call-and-response segment with various Latino communities, he said something along the lines of “How do you keep Mexicans quiet? Call ICE.”
When word spread via social media, organizers of the My House Music Festival cancelled Perez’s appearance on Sunday.
“My House Music Festival is hosted for the community, by the community,” organizers said in a statement. “The Chicago House community is unmatched – we are diverse, we are loud, and we are PROUD.
“To uphold our values, Julian Jumpin Perez has been removed from tonight’s lineup.”
In an earlier video recorded after the cancellation, Perez apologized for going too far and admitted it was a stupid thing to say.
“After I said it, I was like ‘Oh… I probably shouldn’t have said that,’ because of your reaction. I said it, people laughed and then they stopped,” he said. “And then I got boo’d. Which I should have.”
Perez, who was born in Cuba and says half of his family is Mexican, further apologized on social media:
“In a time like this in our Country, we are all on edge. Especially the Mexican community, which has shown me unconditional love throughout my career. I TRULY APPRECIATE EVERY ONE OF YOU!I would never intentionally say anything to hurt anyone, especially my own people. As Hispanics or any other nationality, we make fun of our heritage at one point or another. I’ve been told ‘did you come here on a banana boat or did you swim?’ I laughed but thinking back at how many families with children drown trying to find a better life, I maybe should have been outraged. But the truth is I took it for what it was because the person that made that comment didn’t mean to offend me. With that said, my apologies are sincere and heartfelt! I made a mistake that I’m truly sorry for. In a time when we are pushed further into division, we need to come together and unite. To my Mexican family members and to every person of Mexican decent, My sincerest apologies to ALL.”
Responses were heated, as you can see in the thread here.
I just made a U-turn as I was on my way to the House Fest in Pilsen because they "pulled" Julian Jumpin Perez off the line up …..I need one of my roving reporters to confirm that….what does "pulled" mean…..give me the gossip dammit
— Mike Oquendo (@mikeyocomedy) August 11, 2019
Fuck Julian “Jumpin” Perez. Piece of shit. Fuck your bad joke.
— Luisaö (@Luisaomusic_) August 11, 2019
Of course, you have 2 sides. 1 side canceling him and the other forgiving him bc it was just a joke.
With everything going on and kids losing their parents bc of ICE, it hurts my heart. I really don’t think that should be joked about at all.
— sagitario (@lil__lid) August 11, 2019