Source/Viceindia The sudden disappearance of a 22-year-old Indian rapper has triggered a panicked search and heated discussions on the mental health impact of cancel culture.
On June 2, the rapper Aditya Tiwari, who goes by the stage name MC Kode, posted an alarming yet vague story that was widely circulated on social media. He apologised for his “selfish actions” and admitted to “suffering” without giving any specific details.
“Kode has since apologised sincerely and has lost all sources of income as well as offers for work,” a statement from his friends said, adding that he had been targeted by online mobs and extremists.
Filmmaker Siddhant Shah from Delhi, who knows Kode personally and is helping with the search, told VICE World News that Kode’s mental health was shattered from the threats. “Despite what he said in that viral video, he has a good heart,” Shah said. “This was a planned attack that started with a meme page that wanted to troll him. A lot of what he said in the video is being taken out of context.”
A missing person report was filed with the Delhi Police on Friday. “We formed teams and searched all night and morning, including the spot he Instagrammed about,” said Shah.
“We’re now hoping to track his phone with the help of the police.”