Village People Booted From Party
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.