Indiana rapper shoots himself in the face for publicity
NEW HAVEN, Ind. — An Indiana rapper’s attention-seeking stunt almost turned deadly.
Kasper Knight shot himself in the face, and uploaded a video of the incident to Facebook on July 22, WANE reports. He claims it was fully intentional, as part of a music video.
One of his lyrics says, “a bullet to the face will take me to another place,” and Knight wished to capture an image representative of this for his video. Because he couldn’t find a photographer who could produce his vision, he took matters into his own hands.
“I’m usually pretty serious about what I’m saying when I make music,” Knight said, according to WANE. “I like dark-themed music and I want to do horror rock. I wanted something actually horrific.”
The video has been viewed 1.7 million times on Facebook, and Knight hopes the attention will lead to a record deal.
The stunt has met with widespread criticism for its promotion of self-harm and has prompted an investigation by Indianapolis police for felony criminal recklessness.
“I find [my critics] weird that they wouldn’t endure minor trauma to potentially gain a massive profit,” Knight said of his detractors.
Here is the link to the video. Warning: The video is highly graphic.