On Saturday August 16, Dev Hynes—a.k.a. Blood Orange—headlined Okayplayer’s Central Park summer stage. The set drew 5,000 people to Ramsey Playfield where Hynes—partially immobilized by a torn patella—was able to rock the crowd despite being on crutches.
“I’d like you to meet my alleged torn patella,” joked Hynes, referencing the incident that occurred at this year’s Lollapalooza, “I don’t mean to take you there, but it’s starting to fucking hurt… because I just want to dance,” Hynes said to cheers. He would later voice concerns about the police, and also address the situation in Ferguson in an interview with Okayplayer. Read an excerpt and watch the full video below.
You don’t want it to be real, but it is. And I don’t know what’s happening or what’s going to happen. To me, it feels like I’ve been getting poked all my life… this irritating jab that keeps…and people are just getting tired. It feels like you associate time with learning. I think in our culture it’s a real shock that that doesn’t add up in everything. Just because the Civil Rights Act was 50 years ago, doesn’t mean that we’re 50 times past it.