Basilica Block Party performers Hunting Club offer statement on recent controversy

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The Basilica Block Party has been at the center of an online debate over gay rights this month, as protestors are urging a boycott of the two-day music festival because of the Catholic Archdiocese's strong stance against gay marriage.

Nearly 15,000 people have RSVP'd to the Facebook event "Say NO to the Basilica Block Party," which urges would-be concert attendees to not "contribute money to a Catholic Church fundraiser while they are spending millions of dollars to write discrimination into the MN constitution."

Though it's unclear what kind of an effect this online campaign will have on attendance at this year's block party, which takes place July 8 and 9, Minneapolis band Hunting Club is stepping forward to suggest that boycotting the event all together might not be the most effective way to speak out against the church.

"To those who think the only way to protest the event (or any event for that matter) is by being absent, we urge you to reconsider your position," the band says in a statement posted to their own Facebook page. "While it's true that a majority of the proceeds will go to the Catholic Church, the small monetary scratch that even the combined dollars of those protesting would have pales in comparison to the difference one can make by actively and positively voicing their opinions and views to those who might not otherwise be exposed. Hunting Club supports gay rights and would rather be at the site of issue than away."

Hunting Club is one of the Twin Cities bands selected to play the smaller Vita.mn stage on Saturday, July 9, and are one of several local acts on this year's lineup, which also includes the Jayhawks, Stuart D'Rozario, the Pines, and White Light Riot alongside national headliners Ray LaMontagne and David Gray.


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Thomasdinsmore
Thomasdinsmore

 Hi guys, I'm still kind of shy, so be nice... but hit me up if you want to chat.... "tommy boy"@hotmai:disqus 

Nate - Hunting Club
Nate - Hunting Club

Hunting Club will have a very limited number of pro-gay shirts we will be selling before, during, and after our set for anyone who is interested!

Kcarucci
Kcarucci

I do think attending the event is better and protest by wearing gay rights tee shirts.  Let's see a couple thousand men and women wearing the same shirt supporting gays!  This might make a statement.  maybe you could sell them right outside the event?? 

Les
Les

A band playing the block party doesn't want people to boycott it. Go figure.

asad
asad

Attending the event is still giving money to the church. Hit 'em where it hurts: their wallet.

Kyle
Kyle

I wonder what hurts more. Denying the oldest most powerful institution of modern society a small chunk of money, or denying yourself a voice? I hope the idea of money isn't the only thing you think about.

Liston
Liston

I bet the 15,000 people who RSVP'd to not attend the avent were all going in the first place. What a joke. What would be more effective, 15,000 people clicking on the "Attend" button in Facebook, or 15,000 people showing up and making a statement? A convenient protest for people who may actually care, but not enough to really do something. Also, the Basilica has been an annual event since 1995, and to my knowledge the Archdiocese doesn't make a decision each year whether to have it or not based on needing the money.

asad
asad

If the archdiocese didn't need the money, they wouldn't be having a fundraiser. And why do you seem to think that not going to the block party is the same as denying yourself a voice? Not going IS a form of protest. And it certainly isn't mutually exclusive to getting your voice heard in additional ways. I hope your narrow-minded view of what constitutes an effective "voice" isn't the only thing you think about.

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