Detroit club Populux has closed after posting racist tweets that caused performer Vic Mensa to cancel his upcoming show. Populux took down its Twitter and Facebook pages, and a spokesperson says the venue will be closed for “at least a week” while they "investigate" the source of the anti-Black Lives Matter tweets.
On Friday (July 8) Mensa cancelled his performance, citing a racist tweet from the club's account as the reason for his decision. In the aftermath, Jamil Davis, who has managed tours for Drake, Lil Wayne and G-Eazy, posted that he would tell his colleagues to cancel their shows as well.
smh. Going to reach out to all my colleagues to pull their shows from there also— jamilio (@jamilio) July 8, 2016
Mensa was scheduled to perform at Populux alongside Joey Purp later this month as part of his Back With a Vengeance Tour, but decided against it upon seeing a tweet from the club’s account that read: "#blameobama all you libtards caused these deaths. #dallasshooting #fuckblacklivesmatter."
It was posted after news broke that a sniper had shot 12 Dallas police officers.
However, the club stands by its claim that its account was hacked. Populux released a statement on Facebook on Friday (before taking down the page) denying involvement in the tweet.
Read Populux’s statement below:
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.
We didn’t authorize these tweets. We're working to understand how our account was compromised. We have the IP addresses from the users that we believe posted these unauthorized messages and our working to identify the individuals involved.
We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Those people that know us understand who we are, our belief in equality of all people, and our love for all people.
Our team has worked for peace, justice, and equality for the duration of our lives. We have a diverse staff, diverse families and backgrounds, and a love for the city of Detroit.
We don't endorse hate of any kind.
This morning we woke to find unauthorized posts. We removed one, and later discovered a re-tweet, which was not immediately visible to us when we logged in.
We hope people will understand. We appreciate the emotion and outrage so many people are feeling, we feel it too.
This is a tough time for our country, and it’s an opportunity for us to come together to grow, improve, and stand together.
Still, it doesn't appear Mensa's changed his mind.