May 25, 2013 12:15pm PT by Kevin Rutherford, Billboard
Kanye West's 'New Slaves' Screening in Houston Shut Down by Police
A Houston screening of Kanye West's "New Slaves" video was shut down on Friday night, the Houston Chronicle reports.
West planned to project the music video for his new song around the world Friday night, including at three Houston locations. However, the showing at the Rothko Chapel was shut down before it even began.
Houston police arrived on the scene and ordered the gathering crowd to disperse or be arrested for trespassing. The screening's premature end apparently wasn't because of an unruly crowd; according to the Chronicle, those gathered were excited, yet respectful.
The two other Houston screening locations had issues, too. Technical difficulties apparently hampered one location, while another was a no-show entirely, with fan Janet Quiroa revealing to the newspaper that the only entertainment was having sprinklers come on and "obnoxious people screaming Kanye threats."
West debuted "New Slaves" last week in a similar fashion, with building projections around the world, including New York (a full map of screenings is located on West's website). Houston's projections were part of the second wave of screenings in preparation for West's new album, Yeezus, which is set for a June 18 release.