Queer punk duo PWR BTTM play gig heckled by anti-gay protestors

Homophobic protestors brandished anti-gay placards outside the venue as the band played in Jackson, Mississippi.

Queer punk duo PWR BTTM had their gig in Jackson, Mississippi last night (November 17) targeted by anti-gay protestors.

Before going on stage, the New York City duo – Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins – shared pictures of homophobic protestors brandishing anti-gay placards outside the gig venue.

“I am completely unafraid; I am sad for them,” PWR BTTM wrote on Twitter.

On Twitter today, the duo thanked fans for their support.

Recalling what happened before the gig, the duo told Spin in a statement: “We played at Big Sleepys in Jackson, Mississippi, which is an all ages DIY space. As I was eating dinner in the van, I saw four men with giant signs walking up to our show.”

The band added: “They posted up outside and proceeded to yell homophobic stuff at the crowd the entire night. We moved the entrance to the show to the back of the venue and blocked off the windows at the front. It was a freaky ass night, but the local police helped us keep things safe.”

Ben Hopkins added to the band’s statement in a private message to Spin, saying: “We haven’t ever received threats, but I have a feeling this isn’t the last time this will happen. It won’t deter us, nothing will.”

PWR BTTM released their debut album ‘Ugly Cherries’ last year. They bring their tour to the UK next month for shows in London, Brighton, Leeds and Glasgow.