Wiz Khalifa Catches Flack from Colombian Mayor and Others for Photos at Pablo Escobar’s Gravesite

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Marijuana aficionado Wiz Khalifa drew criticism after sharing Instagram photos appearing to pay tribute to late cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar by lighting up at his grave.

After performing in Escobar’s home city of Medellin, Colombia, Friday, March 24, Wiz stopped by Cemetario Jardins Montesacro Saturday, March 25 and documented the visit with a photo op. The rapper appeared to smoke a blunt in a series of pictures before completing the visit with a photo of flowers and a blunt next to Escobar’s grave.

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Pablo Escobar was killed in 1993 after amassing an estimated $30 billion in wealth and killing thousands in the cocaine trade. Escobar formed the Medellin Cartel that went on to control 80 percent of U.S.-shipped cocaine in the 1980s, but he also gave to charity and grew programs like low-income housing in Colombia.

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Due to Escobar’s violence, many found Khalifa’s photos and to be in poor taste, including Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez, who called Wiz a “scoundrel” for laying the gravesite florals.

“It shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers,” Gutierrez told local press.

Others sided with the the “So High” rapper.

 

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