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Village People Booted From Party

December 5, 1997

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ The Village People got booted from a beach party by a developer who didn’t want to be linked to a gay rights festival promoting their concert.

Negotiations were in the works for a May 2 concert by The Village People, the colorful six-man 1970s band riding the wave of a disco comeback. Their most popular songs were ``Macho Man,″ ``Y.M.C.A.″ and ``In the Navy.″

Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., owners of a beachfront restaurant and entertainment complex, vetoed the concert, saying Thursday it doesn’t want to be linked with a gay rights festival promoting the event.

Nightclub owners had put down a deposit to reserve the date. Festival organizers have threatened to organize a boycott of Burroughs & Chapin.

Gay rights organizations denounced the developer’s actions.

``They’re not just homophobic, they’re aggressively homophobic,″ said Cathy Renna of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in Washington.

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