Cletus, owner of the honky tonk bar, Cowboy Palace, takes notes while talking on the phone in his office. He asks Bobby Ray, a promoter, to send him an act. He had a last-minute cancellation. He mentions Ray Shumar and wants to know if he can fill in for the night. He agrees to the extra fee and leans back in his chair.
Albert, a regular, holds his pig. A group of people line dance. A thirtysomething man with a long beard plays his guitar on stage. Swa Lee and Slim Jxmmi walk through the doors. A brunette twentysomething young woman shakes Swa Lee’s hand. However, she’s lassoed by her father.
Swa Lee and Slim Jxmmi perform on stage as a the room of fiftysomething white men shrug and shake their heads. Cletus mutters to himself and walks back to his office. A group of twentysomething line dance. Back in his office, Cletus calls back Bobby Ray and points his finger as he says “two guys showed up and neither ain’t one of them Ray Shumar, all right.” He adds that “it ain’t right” and demands someone else right now. Getting up in his chair, he threatens to “throw those sonabitches outta here.”
A blonde twentysomething young woman rides the bull. Swa Lee waves a handful of cash on the dance floor. People throw money at the brunette twentysomething young woman riding the bull. A third young woman leads her horse onto the dance floor. Slim Jxmmi plays the guitar.
A fiftysomething man slings his shotgun. Swa Lee holds Albert’s pig.
Swa Lee leaves with a young twentysomething woman and hugs her. The crowd gathers in the parking lot and continues to throw money at the young women dancing. Swa Lee and Slix Jxmmi get on their horses.
The Cowboy Palace was forced to shut down. The owner, Cletus had posted a rant on his Facebook page, blasting Bobby Ray for misrepresenting his company. The coded racist language in the text was highlighted and shared around social media. Cletus doubled down on his opinions of Rae Sremmurd as the message went viral. The Washington Post and New York Times picked up the story. Radio stations talked about on their morning shows. Protests started outside the bar. The brunette twentysomething young woman carried her sign high and chanted until she was hoarse.
She sees the closed sign and smirks. It was about time. Cletus was a well-known racist. She had intervened after the police had been called to the bar after Rae Sremmurd’s show. Growing up, racist terms had been thrown around like a football on a Friday night. However, she questioned the use of the terms but didn’t say anything. But staying silent had allowed the behavior to continue.
Her parents tell her to destroy the sign in her room, stating it made them uncomfortable. She displays it on the wall instead. Some of her friends turn away from her. A few say she is brave for voicing her views. The thirtysomething woman in charge of the protest calls her and invites her out with some of the protestors. She puts on a jacket and leaves the house. No longer alone, she’s a part of something bigger than herself.
Director: Motion Family Year: 2015