The Amp Room apparently doesn't know how to, well, read the room.
After sparking off a firestorm last week with a now-deleted pro-police tweet, the St. Mary's Strip venue nuked its Twitter account rather than continue to face the collective wrath of the San Antonio Twittersphere.
On May 31, the Amp Room posted a now-deleted tweet that read "God Bless @SATXPolice." As little as a month ago, that sentiment might not have raised an eyebrow, but timed during widespread protests calling for the defunding and abolition of police forces nationwide, it struck a nerve.
Likely adding to the anger, the Amp Room regularly hosts punk, goth and a variety of underground rock genres not exactly known for their embrace of right-wing ideology — and not always on the best terms with police.
The Twitter pile-on was swift and vicious.
Some call outs, like @sovietbabey's tweet, were straight and to the point: "Fuck the amp room we have surpassed the need for the amp room."
Fuck the amp room we have surpassed the need for the amp room— kill all rapists and racists (@sovietbabey) June 7, 2020
While others took a different tack: "Can't wait to shit on your floor," @bobbbypulido replied to bar's now-deleted post.
Can’t wait to shit on your floor— bobbypulido (@bobbbypulido) June 7, 2020
Welp. Evidently they did too.— Shpanky (@Shpanky182) June 7, 2020
Youre a weak business owner for posting this then blocking your customers that oppose you. Your bar profits from our beautiful melting pot of a city, act like it.— Anton LeGay (@XxxDickwitchxxX) June 7, 2020
"You're a weak business owner for posting this then blocking your customers that oppose you," Anton LeGay posted. "Your bar profits from our beautiful melting pot of a city, act like it."
Rather than deal with the social media shitshow with something akin to an apology, the venue apparently decided to delete its account. As of press time, @theamproomsa's page leads to an error message that states "This account doesn't exist."
Man the amp room really deleted they twitter lol— CM (@ImTlus) June 8, 2020
The venue's Facebook account — which appears to mainly feature upcoming events rather than tone-deaf political commentary — is still active as of press time. Of course, it may only be a matter of time before the Alamo City's collective ire makes the jump to a new platform.
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