One of three "New Slaves" screenings Kanye West had scheduled in Houston was shut down by police Friday night. The 35-year-old rap superstar's video projection at non-denominational sanctuary Rothko Chapel was halted by the Houston Police Department, telling the crowd to disperse or be arrested for trespassing.
Contrary to expectations, the crowd that had gathered around Rothko Chapel were not at all unruly, but were quite respectful as police flashed lights at them as sirens went off. Although they were excited about seeing West's "New Slaves" video on the facade of the chapel, they apparently left without causing the police any trouble.
The other two projections, at the Central Library and at the George Bush Monument, were reported to have been unsuccessful as well. The former was called off after experiencing technical difficulties while the latter did not materialize at all, with a fan saying that all she saw were "obnoxious people screaming Kanye threats" as the sprinklers went off on the grounds.
The video projections are part of West's ongoing innovative stunt that began last week, promoting his new single in different locations across the world. In between the global screenings, West performed the song live during his recent guest appearance on "Saturday Night Live". It ushers in the arrival of Yeezy's forthcoming new album and much-anticipated follow-up to his 2010 album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy".