Just one particular week ago, Frank Ocean produced headlines for hosting what ended up becoming a controversial club evening, referred to as PrEP+. But on Thursday (Oct. 24), the R&B superstar is bringing the celebration back to Brooklyn, with a handful of new additions.
On Thursday, invitations to Ocean’s second PrEP+ club evening have been sent out, with the occasion set to take spot Thursday evening at the Knockdown Center’s BASEMENT in Queens, New York. The flyer for the occasion also came with an all-new roster of artists appearing, which includes Leeon, Arca, Papi Juice and Shyboi. Fans have currently picked up on a essential distinction in between this lineup and final week’s: All 4 of the artists appearing at PrEP+ tonight are queer.
Final week’s occasion was broadly criticized by LGBTQ activists on Twitter, saying that Ocean’s vision for the occasion was problematic. In his original announcement and subsequent response to the criticism, Ocean explained that he wanted an evening that would “pay homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug (pre-exposure prophylaxis, a.k.a. PrEP) … had been invented in that era.”
The occasion was also criticized for not placing sufficient of a concentrate on queer artists or queer challenges, with lots of accusing Ocean of applying the name of the preventative drug to just garner interest. But in his response, Ocean had sharp words for these claiming his celebration was a PR stunt. “Come get a drink subsequent time and I’ll place quite a few barstools out so you can have as lots of seats as you will need,” he wrote on his Tumblr.
Verify out the advertisement for tonight’s PrEP+ celebration under:
This post initially appeared at Billboard.