July 9, 2016


Detroit Venue Populux Shuts Down After Backlash From Vic Mensa & Others

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Erika Goldring/FilmMagic

Following the Dallas police shootings, inflammatory tweets were posted from the Twitter account of Detroit nightclub Populux. 

The tweets have since been deleted, and the club issued an apology afterwards. According to The Detroit News, the Populux owners have begun an investigation into who posted the racist messages. The Detroit venue faced immediate backlash from Vic Mensa and other artists. Mensa also announced that he would be canceling his upcoming July 27 concert at Populux. Find his message below, along with a screenshot of Populux’s controversial tweet.

The venue’s social media accounts have since been deleted. “We didn’t authorize these tweets. We’re working to understand how our account was compromised,” reads part of Populux’s statement (via The Detroit Metro Times). They also stated, “We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.” 

Following the intense social backlash, the club has shut its doors for the immediate future. A spokesperson for Majestic Theatre, the complex of which the venue is a part, announced on Friday that Populux would be closed for "at least a week."