Yesterday, citing a student petition, Trinity College’s cancelled Action Bronson’s performance at the college’s “Spring Fling” concert. This is the second time in the past month that one of Bronson’s shows on a college campus has been cancelled after George Washington University called off his show there a month ago.

A column in the GW newspaper very articulately outlines the outrage against Bronson, citing a song called “Consensual Rape” (sheesh), violence depicted in a music video, and an insensitive and explicitly transphobic Instagram post.

These three examples have two things in common. First, they are all objectively offensive and certainly wrong. Second, they all date back over four years ago.

One certainly doesn’t excuse number two. These transgressions date back to when Bronson was a mostly unknown artist. If you ask someone today about Action Bronson, the slightly unknown artist that he’s become, they will explain that yes, he partakes in, like, normal rapper misogyny (getting a blowjob while eating steak kind of misogyny) but that he’s also the goofy host of Fuck, That’s Delicious, getting super baked and eating dank food.

The petition from Trinity College brings up all of these valid points. But they also go as far as to bring up Bronson’s onstage antics and occasional violence as a reason to bar him from campus. “The available evidence suggests men specifically are targeted by Action Bronson, meaning no one is given a safe space at a Bronson concert,” writes the petition. Come the fuck on. If you’re fucking dumb enough to go onstage at one of these shows, you shouldn’t be surprised when a 300 lb man body slams you back into the crowd. You know who gets a safe space at a Bronson concert? Anyone who doesn’t act like an idiot and enjoys the show from the crowd.

That doesn’t mean we totally disregard what he did. I mean making a song called “Consensual Rape” in the first place was both fucked up and really fucking stupid. But I think it’s worth noting that he hasn’t done any stupid shit like that in four years. I don’t think that’s an accident, it’s pretty likely he learned his lesson like we all do when we say stupid shit. Punishing a famous person for saying fucked up stuff that just so happened to be on an unreleased track that someone put on YouTube is not accounting for that fact that we are all constantly in the process of learning sensitivity, and artists deserve some leeway to distance themselves from older versions of themselves.

Following the GW cancellation, Bronson released a statement expressing his sincere apologies for the situation, but apparently to Trinity College the apology was not enough.

Bronson will never be able to undo what he said and wrote, but should that mean he can never play a college show ever again? Does that mean we should all stop watching Fuck, That’s Delicious?

I don’t think so. I think people grow and change and should have the opportunity to move past their mistakes. While Bronson’s prior actions are objectively wrong, it’s up to every person to decide if past actions will keep them from accepting an artist. I’m not asking you to excuse the actions of someone like Chris Brown, who actually committed a horrendous crime, I’m asking you to consider that Bronson can move past his previous mistakes and is likely no worse than any other rapper. It is not up to colleges to ban artists from campuses that in many cases voted for them to perform because of a minority of outraged students who cannot separate the artist from his performance persona.