Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill is receiving backlash from community members after the venue announced Teka$hi69 will be performing on March 14. The backlash intensified after Clayton’s began responding to the public concerns by trolling community members and seemingly trying to justify the performer’s behavior.
The performer, whose name is Daniel Hernandez, admitted and pleaded guilty to three felony counts of using a child in a sexual performance. Hernandez was 18 at the time. The child was 13.
Documents and details involving the case can be found at Jezebel, including this video that features an interview by DJ Akademiks where Teka$hi69 said of the underage survivor, “I don’t know her exact age. I think she was 14 or some shit like that.”
His sentencing is postponed until April 10, where if he doesn’t complete his GED requirements, “he might end up in prison,” according to SPIN magazine.
People have started calling for a boycott of Clayton’s and Boot Jack, where tickets are being sold to this particular event, using hashtags #BoycottClaytons and #BoycottBootjack. As of this writing, Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill and venue owner Clayton Breasher have not responded to Neta’s messages when asked for a comment on the situation.
We reached out to the Boot Jack and they issued the following statement:
“This is the first time we hear about this situation. We are not familiar with this artist or his background. We are simply a ticket outlet and do not profit from these events. We will process this information and make any future decisions regarding tickets for these events internally.”
Posts, comments, and messages started swarming around Facebook once the announcement was made public, questioning why someone with Teka$hi69’s history was being invited to perform.
Stevie Luna Rodriguez, an activist and poet from Edinburg, was one of the people who voiced their concerns on Facebook upon hearing about this event and Teka$hi69’s history. Rodriguez’ concern is that Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill is giving a platform to a person who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a child.
“By allowing this person to perform, Clayton’s is telling the community of the Rio Grande Valley, and the whole world watching, that they condone this type of behavior,” Rodriguez said.
Screenshots provided by Stevie Rodriguez of their private messages with Clayton’s
Ariel Hernandez, an activist with Advocacy For Everyone, a support group in the Valley for survivors of emotional, physical, and sexual violence, also voiced her criticisms. Hernandez says it was especially upsetting the way the establishment responded to the backlash.
“When hundreds of people were explaining to Clayton’s in the comment section of their original post, Clayton’s mocked customers concern,” Hernandez said. “They trolled them with comments (saying) that everyone that was clearly upset was really there to win tickets.”
Rodriguez added, “When I, along with many other people, confronted them and voiced our concerns, we were met with sarcasm, hostility, and victim blaming.”
At some point, Clayton’s started privately messaging some of the people who were voicing their concerns to offer them free tickets to any of their shows.
There is no word on who is the person running the account and sending those messages.
“It’s one thing to distance yourself from controversy,” Hernandez said. “It’s another to actually make fun of the people that support your business year-round and that live here, which is exactly what Clayton’s establishment did. Making fun of parents and patrons, who are expressing real concern, is pretty disgusting. I know spring break is probably a huge money maker for them and the island, but Valley folk are the ones who support them the other 365 days a year. To brush them off is pretty crappy.”