Facebook Page Calls For Minneapolis Concert Boycott

By Jennifer Moire Comment

A Facebook movement is underway to boycott the annual Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis, sponsored by the city’s Catholic Archdiocese. But is the effort in danger of killing the music festival?

Unlikely. The Facebook page, “Say No to the Basilica Block Party,” urges fans not to attend the annual musical event to protest the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The page has nearly 8,000 fans as of this writing. The controversial gay marriage ban is on the November, 2012, ballot in Minnesota.

But the annual music event draws big crowds — some 20,000 to 30,000 annually — and major acts.

While sponsors claim that ticket sales have yet to be affected, musicians and other sponsors are receiving messages on their respective Facebook walls urging them to withdraw from this year’s concert. No acts have withdrawn so far.

The page creator, Jason Wermager, was moved to act by local blogger Nicole Berg, who told the local Star-Tribune newspaper, “If people believe in marriage equality, they need to get out and do something about it.”

Basilica Block Party organizers claim that the protests are missing the point. All proceeds from the event go toward preserving the historic Basilica in downtown Minneapolis and funding its St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, and have nothing to do with supporting church doctrine.

What do you think of using Facebook to boycott the Basilica Block Party?