Fitzgerald’s Causes Firestorm Over Racial Slur-Filled Email
Houston producer TrakkSounds, also known as Garrett Brown, took to Twitter on Tuesday to post the contents of an email filled with racial slurs between the artist and the owner of music venue Fitzgerald’s, Sara Fitzgerald.
— TrakkSounds (@Trakksounds) February 7, 2017
The ensuing responses from the Fitzgerald’s Twitter account follows below:
According to the Houston Chronicle, a follow-up email that was not included in TrakkSounds’ original Twitter post reads as follows:
Why not have your artist play at your church? See if your mother likes that language. I see you started a blast against me on the net. Now who’s aggressive?
I get insulted when men submit music to me that refers to women as bitches and hoes, just like you would get insulted if a white man sent you music calling black men racial slurs. Your music plays into all stereotypes…gangsters, drugs, women hating, racial slurs, etc.
Hundreds of responses supporting the boycott of the venue were posted to Twitter within only hours of the original Tweets from TrakkSounds and the follow-up response from Fitzgerald’s, including posts supporting the boycott from both locals and out-of-town artists who have played the venue before.
Free Press Houston had the opportunity to speak with owner Sara Fitzgerald about the email sent to TrakkSounds that was filled with racial slurs.
I quoted words from the song that he sent me. Those were from the song. I was offended. He referred to his girlfriend in the song as being ‘my pussy,’ you know, that bitch, that ho. I’m just tired of women being called names, you know? I’m sorry, it’s my building, it’s offensive to me. I shouldn’t have said anything, I guess, I should have said, ‘I don’t want to do the music.’ It’s like racism is the big issue, but what about sexism? That’s the issue for me, sexism.
Fitzgerald’s has hosted all genres of music over the last 40 years. There’s not one type of music we haven’t had represented here. We’ve had every kind of blues acts, country, Hispanic. There’s no racism here, but I won’t tolerate sexism. I’ve worked hard as a woman to build this business and I don’t allow people to come into my building and say ‘bitch’ and ‘ho.’ I’m not a bitch, I’m not a ho. I don’t appreciate that language. The language I sent back to him was all words from that song. I did not make those words up, I was referring to that song. The song was a rant about his pussy cheating on him and now he’s going to smoke somebody. You don’t own a woman.
Seeing that so far numerous artists and countless concertgoers have vowed to never play or attend a show at the venue thus far, only time will tell as to what will happen to Fitzgerald’s in the near future.