*Welp, so much for the return of Freaknik.
The owner of the venue where a Freaknik-themed party was booked has contacted the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to say that party is now canceled.
“In light of the year that black lives matter, we don’t think Freaknik does,” Terry Brantley, owner of the Atrium events venue, told the AJC.
Brantley said he wanted the community to focus more on serious issues like combating violence and police brutality, not the bringing back of nightmarish gridlock and debauchery.
Brantley’s Stone Mountain facility has stayed busy for more than two decades hosting a range of cultural events, fashion shows, weddings, family reunions and other events. Recent offerings there have included a performance by R&B vocal group the Delfonics and reggae artists Richie Spice & The Elements Band.
The so-called “Freaknik” event was booked simply as a party at the facility’s indoor pool – not unlike so many other events the Atrium hosts. Then an energetic promotional blitz, including posters billing the party as “Freaknik,” sent #FreaknikATL soaring to the top of Twitter’s “trending topics” list this week.
“It’s just another pool party at the Atrium,” Brantley said Wednesday of the supposed Freaknik 2.0.
And now it’s not.