Diplo Draws Major Backlash After Playing a Packed Show In San Antonio

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Diplo played a DJ set on Saturday night at a local bar in San Antonio – drawing backlash online.

A San Antonio resident shared a screenshot of the crowd at the event with the caption, “reasons why I didn’t want to go to Diplo.” The image shows a packed crowd at Cowboys, enjoying Diplo’s DJ set on Saturday night. Several people chimed in on Twitter about the size of the crowd.

Around only 13% of Texans have received the vaccine, yet Diplo is playing to sold-out crowds. After his sold-out show in San Antonio, the DJ went to Houston for another performance. Many attendees in the images shared on social media were not wearing masks. Some users criticized Diplo, saying he’s responsible for any spread of the virus due to the ‘maskless concert.’

The city of San Antonio has warned the Cowboys Dancehall multiple times for violating COVID-19 restrictions. Back in January, the venue was given two citations for not adhering to safety guidelines. The venue collected a total of seven citations since emergency declarations in March 2020.

Those citations in January were for back-to-back Cody Johnson concerts at the Cowboys Dancehall. Video from that event showed people were not wearing masks or social distancing. Diplo himself has shared videos from his packed Saturday event, which showed a venue full of people.

Diplo joked in the comments that he was playing a surprise birthday party for Senator Ted Cruz at his San Antonio set. However, the DJ did not respond to critics who lambasted him for playing such a packed crowd. But on March 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued several executive orders to re-open Texas.

Those executive orders lift COVID-19 restrictions for any business or establishment “in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations.” It also lifts the mask mandate by making them optional.

“Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or mandate the wearing of a face covering,” the Texas executive order reads.

These orders became effective March 10, 2021, and this order supersedes all other orders on COVID-19. Texas businesses are free to re-open as they see fit, which is exactly what the Cowboys Dancehall has done. The pandemic response varies wildly from state to state, with Texas and Florida among the laxest about re-opening.

11 Responses

  1. the common mind is suez dredge

    more bs from the fear porn lemmings. have cases gone up since texas reopened completely? no. in fact the opposite. they need to beg for the mask mandates to return before everyone realizes the sharade and all public health guidance was a meaningless theater sham.

    • Reality Check

      Curious how we don’t hear any complaints from the over half a million dead after getting Covid. Idiot.

      • Kill All Democrats

        According to the CDC, an estimated 95% of all COVID-related deaths in the nation were people who had contributing medical conditions and diseases.

        • Urias

          Yet, they still died because of Covid. Trying to make an excuse doesn’t prove anything. Moronic.

  2. BAC

    Ashley King is a fear-mongering propagandist who knows nothing about herd immunity (we pretty much have it), mask efficacy (masks don’t work), or covid infection/mortality rates among the young (incredibly low, especially when you remove those with comorbidities).

    You can’t talk facts with a fascist like Ashley, or a moron like Reality Check. They are so dumb that they think a pervert / Alzheimer’s patient like Joe Biden was actually elected.

    • Randal Tulari

      Wow, you’re ignorant.

      1. Masks do work.
      2. herd immunity is not near a reality
      3. while infection rates among young are less than others, they are still transmitting the virus to others.
      4. you really have no clue what you’re talking about.

      • Herr Funkheimer

        1. Masks do work.
        2. herd immunity is not near a reality
        3. while infection rates among young are less than others, they are still transmitting the virus to others.
        4. you really have no clue what you’re talking about

  3. ben

    who cares about Texas afterall, they don’t care about the rest of US, let alone the rest of the world, and the world can live without

    • Paul

      Spouting off your stupidity…if anyone deserved to die from covid, it’s you.

      • Dr. Faucibreath

        I think I would recover just like 99.6% of the people who caught coronavirus.