Boystown Bar Bans Rap Music, Creates Social Media Firestorm

Mike Krauser
May 30, 2019 - 12:03 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A bar in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood is getting hammered on social media after an email to DJ’s from management that said it’s banning rap music was shared on social media. 

The email from Progress Bar said, in part, the club is changing its format to promote a positive, happy, energetic, upbeat and fun vibe. 

"We have implemented a NO RAP rule effective immediately.  This is not a suggestion!! If you play RAP you will not be asked back," the email read.

It went on to read "Think KISSFM/B96 opposed to WGCI."

The email has been shared extensively on social media and has created a firestorm with many calling the club racist.  

The club responded with a public statement that didn’t do anything to stop the criticism. 

"As many have seen today, an email was leaked in regards to the direction we want to take the sound of ProgressBar. Progress ownership wants to make it VERY clear that EVERYONE IS WELCOME HERE!!! We value our customers and respect EVERYONE. We are not the 1st bar to look into changing their sound, and we will not be the last. We are looking to try something new. We don’t know if it will work or not, but we want the opportunity to progress!

"ProgressBar is about moving forward and continuing to evolve. Without the diversity and support of the LBGTQ community, we cannot do so. We hope that you will stand by us while we tweak things here and there. But understand, above all, there are NO racial intentions here. We love every person who walks through these doors and appreciate each and everyone of you. We have no ill intentions here. That can not be stressed enough. The sound isn’t going to be that much different, we are just tweaking what’s already here. We are still going to play hiphop, please don’t read too much into this."