“Empire” Bus Tour Cancels St. Louis Stop Due To Ferguson Protests
The “Empire” bus tour has cancelled its scheduled stop in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, due to a state of emergency being called amidst the ongoing Ferguson protests.
The “Next Empire Artist” bus tour is a competition inspired by the hit Fox show “Empire,” about a family in the music industry, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Fox sent out a bus, decked out with a recording studio, on a cross-country trip during which fans are given the chance to record their own versions of “Empire” songs. Contestants can also vie for a walk-on role on the hit show.
Fox announced the last-minute cancellation with a tweet that read, “The tour bus schedule has changed. The #Empire bus will now be in KANSAS CITY, MO (not St. Louis) Wednesday, August 12. Details to come.” Following Kansas City, the 15-date tour will then continue traveling through Dallas, New Orleans and Nashville. Fox has yet to announce whether it plans to reschedule the St. Louis stop for a later date.
This past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer, and whose death sparked outrage across the country. Tensions heated up in Ferguson again on Sunday, with dozens of protestors having been both injured and arrested in clashes with the police. Tell Gossip Cop what you think about Fox cancelling the St. Louis stop of the “Empire” bus tour.