The scene at Rothko Chapel, Houston
Last night, Kanye West announced more screenings of "New Slaves" in many more cities across the world. One of those cities was Houston, which makes the news today for shutting down the "New Slaves" spectacle at Rothko Chapel. Reports the Houston Chronicle:
Houston police shut down the “Yeezus” revival at Rothko. Despite an upbeat, respectful crowd, they pulled several cars onto the grass, flashed lights and sirens and demanded everyone leave or be arrested for trespassing. Folks slowly dispersed when it was clear this wasn’t part of the show.
Houston singer Dominique attended the library screening and said it was shut down due to “technical difficulties.” It was rescheduled for later that night/morning, but police eventually shuttered that screening, too, after a tense back and forth.
The Bush Memorial screening was also a “no show” according to fan Janet Quiroa.
“All we saw were the sprinklers come on and obnoxious people screaming Kanye threats,” Quiroa said.
Wow. Pretty intense for just shutting down a projection. It's a shame that this expression of art was shut down by authorities, but in the larger scheme of things, couldn't this further spark the revolutionary theme that Kanye's expressing in his music? In a weird way, the genius of Kanye may have been hoping and expecting for one of these screenings to get shut down by police. What do you all think of the news?
More screenings tonight across the world! Find out if it's in your city at KanyeWest.com.
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