Pablo Escobar could be described as a legend to the rap world. His story was the ultimate romanticized rise-and-fall piece, a symbol of ambition and its seemingly boundless rewards. To residents of Medellin Colombia, however, he was an infamous drug dealer who ruined thousands of lives before his death in 1993.
For reasons unknown, Wiz Khalifa recently laid flowers on the grave of the notorious gangster and documented the experience with a series of Instagram posts. In each photo, Wiz can be seen standing a few feet away from the late drug dealer’s grave, and in one pic, we see the flowers Wiz laid on Escobar’s grave, something Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez apparently wasn’t too pleased about.
According to the BBC, Mayor Gutierrez says the “See You Again” rapper should apologize for “advocating crime,” and that his actions showed a lack of sensitivity toward Escobar’s many victims.
“It shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers,” Gutierrez said. One Twitter user commented on the matter saying, “It’s embarrassing that @wizkhalifa honors Pablo Escobar. What a lack of respect with the people of Colombia.”
According to the BBC, Escobar was “responsible for 4,000 killings, including the bombing of an airliner in which all 107 people on board were killed.” The thing is, that doesn’t even account for people who became addicted to his drugs.
Wiz has yet to comment on the matter, but you can see his Instagram posts that sparked Mayor Gutierrez’s outrage below.