The contract between the University of Colorado and Wyclef Jean — the former Fugees member who’s headlining a free, students-only concert at the Coors Event Center today — prohibits the performer from mentioning marijuana or 4/20 during the show.
The agreement, dated March 1 and released Thursday by CU’s student government, directs Jean to avoid “making direct references to marijuana and other illegal drugs or make 4/20 related remarks as this is a university sponsored event.”
The contract indicates that CU will pay Jean a flat fee of $80,000 on the day of the concert. Student leaders previously have said the entire event will cost about $150,000.
When asked whether Wyclef would risk forfeiting his $80,000 payment if he references pot or 4/20 during his performance, CU Student Government Vice President Carly Robinson refused to speculate.
Robinson said the student administration asked Program Council, the campus entertainment group hosting the show, to include the prohibited language in the contract.
“It was added per CUSG’s request,” Robinson said. “We’re not trying to make a statement of any kind about marijuana. We just wanted to make sure it didn’t become a political event of any kind.”
The concert was announced by the university in early April along with a series of measures intended to curtail the annual 4/20 smokeout, which in recent years has attracted more than 10,000 people to CU’s Norlin Quad.