LA DJ duo Bixel Boys have cancelled tonight’s show at Populux in Detroit after the club’s Twitter account posted racist remarks regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent police shooting in Dallas.
The account tweeted “#blameobama all you libtards caused these deaths #dallassshooting #fuckblacklivesmatter”. The tweets came out in the nation-wide avalanche of social media response following the killing of 5 policemen in Dallas, which in turn followed the deaths of Philando Castille in Minnesota and Alton Sterlin in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the hands of police officers.
Although the tweet was deleted soon after it was posted by the club, who claim their account was hacked, Bixel Boys decided to take no risk and cancelled their show tonight. The duo took to Facebook to explain their cancellation, saying “In dance music, if there’s one thing we live for it's togetherness. It should be a safe haven for you to feel un-judged, un-persecuted, and free in your skin no matter the pigment. Divisiveness, judgement and ignorance have no place here; and with that, we unfortunately will be canceling our show in Detroit tonight due to public statements made by the venue.
The post went on: “Our country is in need of healing, and we can not support an establishment (or any institution for that matter) that undermines those efforts with ignorance. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragedies in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas. Thank you for understanding.”
After deleting the tweet in question, Populux posted the following message: “We sincerely apologize about the views expressed in some tweets that went out last night. Our account was hacked.”
A protest is said to be scheduled outside of Populux tonight.