Vic Mensa Cancels Detroit Show Over Venue's Racist Tweet, Venue Claims Account Was Hacked

Vic Mensa performs at Studio Paris in Chicago
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Vic Mensa performs at Studio Paris in Chicago on Aug. 1, 2015.

Vic Mensa says he has pulled out of a show at the Detroit venue Populux due to a racist tweet from the club's Twitter account following the sniper shootings of police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest Thursday night (July 7).

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Vic was scheduled to perform at the venue on July 29 with Joey Purp as part of his Back With a Vengeance Tour.

"Will not be performing at @PopuluxDetroit on #BackWithAVengeance due to the racist comments they tweeted yesterday," he wrote on his own Twitter page, with a screenshot of a since-deleted tweet from Populux. The original tweet from the venue read, "#blameobama all you libtards caused these deaths. #dallasshooting #fuckblacklivesmatter" and included a meme of Cash Money chief Birdman on a bottle of hot sauce with the words "Put some Respeck on it." 

Shortly after the club's tweet was posted, Populux deleted it and apologized. "We sincerely apologize about the views expressed in some tweets that went out last night," their subsequent tweet read. "Our account was hacked."

Five Dallas police officers were killed last night and seven others were injured, as well as two civilians, during a sniper shooting at what was an otherwise-peaceful protest in downtown Dallas following two separate incidents of police officers shooting and killing black men this week. The attack has been called the deadliest attack on American law enforcement since 9/11. The suspect was killed following a standoff with police.

Vic has been an outspoken voice for the Black Lives Matter movement in recent years, both in his music and his activism. Billboard has reached out to Mensa and the venue for further comment. As of press time, it was unclear if the show was officially canceled.

On Facebook, the venue wrote an extended apology and explanation. "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," it reads. "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 are working to identify the individuals involved. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement."

Read the full Facebook post below.


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