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Oxford concert canceled due to ‘statewide pressures’

A Saturday night performance at Proud Larry’s in Oxford was postponed in light of the current political climate in Mississippi.

According to publicists of the singer Boyfriend, who is based in New Orleans, her act was postponed to a later date by the restaurant’s entertainment management. The postponement happened just days after House Bill 1523 was signed into law.

“Unfortunately, due to statewide pressures and the current political climate we have made the difficult decision to postpone tonight’s show,” Proud Larry’s announced on its Facebook page. “At this point certain types of art put us as a venue at risk — Proud Larry’s is not an advocate of censorship and would never ask an artist to compromise the integrity of their performance by censoring themselves. For this reason we’ve decided to postpone this show to a later date.”
The artist’s publicists said her “Rap Cabaret walks the edge of what convention approves even in 2016, so she has become a target.” NPR also has reportedly called her a “…mysterious raunchy feminist rapper.” Publicists said Boyfriend “brings trends of modern feminism, beauty rituals, sex-positivity and gender identity to the stage.”

A news release from Boyfriend stated the decision was “in light of both historical and recent occurrences,” specifically citing a 1997 concert at the Lyric Hall with 2 Live Crew and a February concert in Hattiesburg with Big Freedia that both involved law enforcement.