Colombians were outraged by rapper Wiz Khalifa, who posted photos of himself visiting Pablo Escobar’s grave after a concert in the drug lord’s home city of Medellin.
Wiz Khalifa shared photographs of himself smoking at the Cemetario Jardins Montesacro, where fresh flowers – and a joint- were left beside the drug lord’s grave .
Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez called the rapper a ‘scoundrel’ and commenters tore him apart for his ‘disrespect’ while equating Escobar to a dictator and terrorist.
Escobar, the ruthless kingpin of the Medellin Cartel who killed thousands of people, was responsible for importing 80per cent of the cocaine in America during the 1980s.
Wiz Khalifa shared photographs of himself smoking at the Cemetario Jardins Montesacro, where flowers – and a joint- were left beside Pablo Escobar’s grave in Colombia
The rapper gave a concert in Medellin on Friday, and shared the photographs on his Instagram account this weekend
Wiz Khalifa, who is known for being an avid marijuana user, posted several images of himself smoking at the cemetery in Itagüí, where Escobar is buried alongside his family.
Another photograph showed a close up of Escobar’s gravestone, with a joint prominently positioned next to the fresh flowers laid at his burial site.
The rapper gave a concert in Medellin on Friday, and shared the photographs on his Instagram account this weekend.
Gutierrez criticized the rapper for ‘advocating crime’ and said he should have paid his respects to Escobar’s victims instead, according to the BBC.
‘It shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers,’ Gutierrez said.
Commenters tore into Wiz Khalifa for paying his respects to a man they considered a dangerous murderer
One commenter wrote: ‘Escobar was a killer. Do[ing] that is stupid Khalifa. I’m Colombian and know the true story of that b******.’
Another Instagram user, @lauragonzg, wrote: ‘You f***ing people don’t understand that worshiping Escobar for us Colombians is like worshiping Bin Laden for you idiots. He bleeded [sic] our country. Show respect and stop watching Narco shows and thinking [it’s] real.’
Marcie Gonzalez wrote: ‘You need to learn to respect….please eliminate this photo, and apologize to this country and to all the families that suffered because of him…’
While some still hail Escobar as a hero, others remember him as a ruthless killer
She added: ‘This man killed tons of people…he was the devil…too bad that you give merit to this type of person…thank God he is dead.’
Escobar, whose cartel brought in an estimated $22 billion a year, was named the seventh richest man in the world by Forbes in 1989.
While some still hail Escobar as a hero for donating money to charity and expanding social programs like housing for the poor, others still see him as a ruthless killer who terrorized his country.
Escobar killed thousands of people, including politicians, judges, cops and civilians, during his reign.
He is also said to have bombed an airplane in 1989, killing all 107 people aboard.
Escobar’s rise was chronicled in the ongoing Netflix show Narcos, prompting his family members to dispute the inaccuracies portrayed in the series.