Detroit’s Populux nightclub is shutting down operations temporarily as it investigates inflammatory tweets posted to its account following the Thursday night shootings of police officers in Dallas.
On Friday (July 8) Majestic Theatre complex spokesperson Greg Bowens told The Detroit News the club will be closed for “at least a week” to look into the situation, which owners have claimed was caused by somebody hacking their Twitter account. The venue has reportedly filed complaints with the FBI and the local Wayne County internet crimes task force to help identify the perpetrator.
The original tweet from the venue read, “#blameobama all you libtards caused these deaths. #dallasshooting #fuckblacklivesmatter” and included a meme of Birdman on a hot sauce bottle saying, “Put some Respeck on it.” It has since been deleted.
The postings received a swift backlash, causing Vic Mensa to cancel a scheduled July 29 performance there with Joey Purp as part of his Back With a Vengeance Tour.
Los Angeles DJs and producers Bixel Boys also pulled out of their show scheduled for Friday night.
“We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” Populux wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “Those people that know us understand who we are, our belief in equality of all people, and our love for all people.”
Populux has since closed all its social media accounts.
“Nobody believes a hack can happen until it happens to them,” Bowens told The Detroit News.