Vic Mensa, Hunter Siegel, and More Refuse to Perform at Detroit’s Populux After Anti-Black Lives Matter Tweets
The club claims it was hacked.
Vic Mensa. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
A local music venue in Detroit is experiencing major backlash after allegedly posting anti-Black Lives Matter-related content last night on social media.
Artists including rapper Vic Mensa and DJs Hunter Siegel and Bixel Boys have all announced they will no longer be performing their scheduled dates at Populux after the club posted this (since deleted) photo on Twitter, along with the hashtag #fuckblacklivesmatter, in the wake of the Dallas shootings. Also seen on their page was a retweet of (also since deleted) similarly incendiary sentiments from former Congressman Joe Walsh. There has also been a call on fans and musicians to boycott the club.
"I feel very strongly against any rhetoric that would further inflame recent situations or further look to divide us and spread hate for one another," Siegel wrote in a Facebook statement. In their own Facebook post, Bixel Boys added, "Divisiveness, judgement and ignorance have no place here... Our country is in need of healing, and we cannot support an establishment (or any institution for that matter) that undermines those efforts with ignorance."
However, Populux is claiming its Twitter account was hacked, writing on Facebook: "The tweets, political views and hate messaging that were posted to our Twitter account in the last 24 hours in no way represents our feelings, outlook, or political positions." Read their entire statement below. Populux did not immediately respond to THUMP's request for comment.
According to the Metro Times, a demonstration will be held in front of Populux tonight at 9 pm.