Populux Detroit Shut Down Following Backlash from Insensitive Tweets

Populux, a club in Detroit, is facing backlash from tweets posted to their official Twitter account yesterday evening in response to the police shootings in Dallas, TX.
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Populux, a club in Detroit, is facing backlash from tweets posted to their official Twitter account yesterday evening in response to the police shootings in Dallas, TX.
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Throughout the day today, Populux, a club here in Detroit, has been experiencing backlash after a horrifying tweet (and retweet) was posted last night.

Both the tweet and the retweet from former Congressman Joe Walsh were in reference to the shootings in Dallas, TX yesterday evening where five police officers were killed.

While both posts have since been deleted from Populux’s Twitter account, you can view the screenshot from the page before it was removed:

The tweet from Populux Detroit's official Twitter account last night in response to the police shoots in Dallas, TX

The tweet from Populux Detroit's official Twitter account last night in response to the police shoots in Dallas, TX

The retweet of former Congressman Joe Walsh's tweet in reference to the police shootings in Dallas, TX last night, as well as Populux response.

The retweet of former Congressman Joe Walsh's tweet in reference to the police shootings in Dallas, TX last night, as well as Populux response.

In the aftermath of these tweets, artists scheduled to perform at the club began to cancel their Detroit performances. Among these artists are the Bixel Boys and Hunter Siegel.

The Bixel Boys posted on their Facebook page earlier today that they would be canceling their show:

"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." 

They then went on to address the public outrage that is sweeping the nation, saying that Americans are in need of healing, not hate.

"Our country is in need of healing, and we cannot support an establishment (or any institution for that matter) that undermines those efforts with ignorance."

Hunter Siegel, additionally, posted a statement to Facebook about his performance at Populux tonight:

"After waking up to another sad morning following the events of not only last night but all of the recent events involving senseless murder, hate, and oppression it came to my attention that some very insensitive remarks were being spread via the social media by the venue I was scheduled to play tonight... With that said I will no longer be performing at Populux in Detroit." 

The club's official statement claims that their account was hacked and they will be attempting to identify the author of the tweet. As of Friday night, the club's social media accounts have been removed and the club has closed down, barring an investigation in order to further understand the situation.

“We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” read the statement from Populux. “Those people that know us understand who we are, our belief in equality of all people, and our love for all people.”

According to the Detroit Metro Times, a demonstration was held outside the club on Friday at 9pm.