An image from a Facebook page opposed to Hunter Moore's New Year's Eve booking in Lexington
Lexington, KY - Art Bar, a Chevy Chase dance club, announced late Monday night it had reached an agreement called for by a snowballing social media campaign to keep a controversial DJ from headlining its New Years Eve party.
In a message posted on Facebook, management for the Euclid Avenue club said they have reached an agreement to exclude Hunter Moore - who drew the ire of a Facebook page that ballooned from 500 supporters Friday afternoon to more than 2,100 as of Tuesday morning - from its Dec. 31 festivities.
Moore is the founder of the now-shuttered pornographic website IsAnyOneUp.com, which allowed users to anonymously post scandalous, often nude, photos of themselves or others. Deemed a revenge-porn site, because many of the submitted images were of intimate photos from relationships that ended poorly, Is Anyone Up and Moore was criticized by many anti-bullying groups, as well as many of the people who appeared on the site without permission.
“Art Bar apologies to anyone who was offended by the booking of Hunter Moore by the event promotions company who booked our venue for (New Year’s Eve),” the post on Art Bar's Facebook page read. “Art Bar is banning the future booking of Hunter Moore and taking steps to regulate the booking of future performers brought in by the event promotion companies who book our venue.”
The Facebook page No More Moore in Lexington, was created last week as a venue for users to boycott the performance and voice their displeasure at Moore’s local appearance.
Initially, management from Art Bar said the show would go on unchanged due to contractual obligations.
“We’re proud of Art Bar for listening to their community and acting compassionately,” Caleb Ritchie, creator of the No More Moore in Lexington page posted on Facebook. “If you’ve had a negative opinion of them because of Moore’s show, we urge you to reconsider.”
Art Bar is located in the former Blue Moon nightclub.