Last week, Frank Ocean made headlines by hosting what ended up being a controversial club night, called PrEP+ and on Thursday, the R&B superstar brought the party back to Brooklyn, with several new additions.
With the event set to take place Thursday night at the Knockdown Center’s BASEMENT in Queens, New York, invitations to Ocean’s second PrEP+ club night were sent out. The flyer for the gathering came with an all-new roster of artists appearing, including Leeon, Arca, Papi Juice and Shyboi. Quickly, fans picked up on a key difference between this lineup and last week’s: All four of the artists appearing were queer.
The kickoff event was widely criticized by LGBTQ activists on Twitter, saying that Ocean’s vision for the event was problematic. Their main concern was that there wasn’t enough of a focus on queer artists or queer issues, with many accusing the “Nikes” singer of using the name of the preventative drug to simply garner attention. The 31-year-old had a swift and appropriate response that he doled out via his Tumblr account.