Thursday, May 30, 2013
Kanye West attempts to screen video on the Alamo without permission
He was promptly shut down by police.
SAN ANTONIO So, Kanye West has been doing a little viral marketing, screening the video for his new single, “New Slaves,” by projecting it on the sides of buildings in U.S. cities. It’s all part of a campaign to promote his upcoming album, Yeezus (due out June 18). For the most part that has been fine … and then Kanye came to Texas.
First, on Friday night, Houston police shut down the screening that was supposed to take place at the Rothko Chapel, and the other two screenings that were supposed to happen in Houston apparently never materialized, according to the Houston Chronicle. Screenings in Austin went on without incident, but on Sunday in San Antonio, Kanye apparently thought the Alamo was a dandy place to project his video.
It will not surprise you to learn that the people of San Antonio did not think was a great plan. About 500 people showed up for the 11:30 p.m. screening – fans, a few protesters, and a lot of law enforcement, according to a blog post at MySanAntonio.com. There had been no permit filed, the blog says, and police were there ready to shut everything down, but — perhaps sensing that it would not go well — no one tried to show the video.
Mark Loeffler, spokesman for the Texas General Land Office, the Alamo’s caretaker told MySanAntonio.com: “We were never asked, and we were never told what was going to happen. It’s sad that people have such little respect for the Alamo.”
Good grief. Maybe someone should have told Kanye to screen it in the basement instead.