Thursday, November 10, 2011

Racist-sounding party canceled for being racist-sounding

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM


About 48-hours after local party promoters Bedlam Presents posted a flier on Facebook for their next big shindig at Mood Lounge, the proverbial shit hit the cultural sensitivity fan.

See, the party — a costume party, no less — is called "PocaHotAss," which might have been cute and punny if it wasn't for the fact that ONE IN THREE Native American women living on reservations will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes (not to mention that something like 70 percent of those assaults go unsolved).

Duly offended, people from all over the country voiced their distaste for event's name and theme on Bedlam's Facebook page, and even formed a Facebook group called "Offensive Parties Suck!!!!" Dissenters, including Jesse Clark of the Historic District Development Corporation — who said the party "objectifies and mocks the culture of Native American women" — reached out to the promoters, sponsors and, most recently, Mood.

Clark says two sponsors — Whynatte? and Pinnacle Vodka — withdrew their support. Then yesterday evening, after some initial resistance, Bedlam decided to cancel the party.

Barry Brandon, one of Bedlam's promoters, told CL, "The reason we decided to cancel the party is that the saying 'perception is reality' rang true in our heads. You start having people say, 'You don’t get it — this is racist.' And since that’s their perception, then it is."

And it's not the first time one of their costume parties was declared offensive. Brandon says back in March, people freaked when they threw a party called "Derelicte" — the "homeless chic" fashion line from the Ben Stiller movie "Zoolander" — because it was insensitive to the homeless. They didn't cancel that one.

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