The owner of a Michigan party space has canceled a controversial twerking event, after the promoter created flyers showing an altered image of Martin Luther King, Jr. wearing a gold chain and flashing what appeared to be a gang sign.
The gathering, organized by a group calling itself Mid-Michigan Teen Parties, was scheduled to take place in Flint on January 18, according to the flyer.
The event, dubbed the “Freedom 2 Twerk” party was set to be held at Flint’s Social Network Event Center ahead of the MLK holiday.
But after pictures of the flyers went viral on social media, Dr. King’s family expressed outrage, according to local media reports.
Vic McEwen, owner of the Social Network Event Center, then canceled the event.
He told the website M Live that the promoters had violated their contract by printing up flyers using the venue’s name without prior permission.
McEwen also admitted he had been inundated with complaints.
“My phone’s just ringing off the hook,” he said.
He has since announced he would hold a community celebration at the location to honor the slain civil rights icon.
The free event is scheduled to take place on Jan. 19. It will feature music and educational materials on MLK, McEwen said.