Every month in New York City Baron hosts Holy Mountain, a massive, queer dance party themed after Alejandro Jodorowsky’s cult classic of the same name. The aesthetic specifics of each party vary from month to month but this month’s party in particular is coming under fire for being particularly offensive.
The party, which Baron describes as a celebration of Sakura Matsuri (the cherry blossom festival), is set to have a generally “Asian” theme. Everything from the party’s promotional posters to its pseudo art house teaser video is overlaid with stereotypical, racist imagery that has little to nothing to do with cherry blossoms.
What’s more–Baron has encouraged party goers to dress up as geishas and ninjas. Unsurprisingly, the event’s got a number of people offended.
As Phil Yu writes for Angry Asian Man, people have been taking to Baron’s personal Facebook page and the page for the event to point out just how problematic the theme is. In response Baron’s taken to deleting comments and further insisting that the party’s meant to be a celebration of Japanese tradition.
In the few days since Baron first began promoting this month’s Holy Mountain–which is set to take place tonight–the party’s Facebook page appear have to been taken down. Whether the party is still on is unclear, but if you plan(ned) on going let us know in the comments.
Watch the controversial Holy Mountain teaser, AFTER THE JUMP…
(h/t Angry Asian Man)