Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has asked the Fillmore Silver Spring to cancel next month’s booking of the Mexican rap-metal band Molotov because of homophobic lyrics in one of its songs.
“I have serious concerns about this booking,” Leggett wrote in a letter Thursday to Stephanie Steele, general manager at the Fillmore. “I am personally offended.”
The title of the 1997 song is a Spanish slur against gay men.
The county owns the Fillmore building on Colesville Road and leases it to Live Nation, the concert promoting giant, for $90,000 a year. The rental agreement gives Montgomery officials no say in the content of bookings, and Leggett acknowledged in his letter that controversies over extreme song lyrics are nothing new.
“I understand that the First Amendment provides for freedom of speech, and that even distasteful speech may be protected speech,” he wrote, but he argued that the song in question “verges on hate speech or completely crosses that line.”