Vanilla Ice cancels Texas concert amid rising coronavirus cases

"We don't now how long this virus will be around", he said. Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week shut down bars and clubs, but the Emerald Point was still allowed to host live music by virtue of its designation as a restaurant. Restaurants were also ordered to return back to 50 percent capacity. Last year's show was the biggest ever, Emerald Point owner William Brannam told Fox7, with 1,800 tickets sold, but this year, the venue was offering only 450 tickets, plus some VIP seating.

His "Independence Day Throwback Beach Party" is slated for this weekend, in Austin, Texas, the state which recently hit 8,076 new coronavirus cases - a record daily high.

His decision is notable only because four hours before announcing the cancellation, Vanilla Ice had been defending the wisdom of drawing a crowd to the Emerald Point Bar & Grill, an outdoor venue. At least 51 percent of its revenue now comes from food sales. On that same day, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 8,076 new coronavirus cases - a new single-day record for the virus hot spot. Hospitalizations have also skyrocketed in recent weeks. Texas is one of the states where the outbreak is now most severe. Some proponents of these shows point to the ongoing Black Lives Matters protests as an excuse for why these should be allowed, but research has shown the protests have not lead to any uptick in coronavirus cases, with NY, where protests happen every day, being the prime example as the state has among the lowest cases in the nation. The event organizer is exclusively responsible for the health and safety of this event. Austin-based entertainment company Rooster Teeth announced last week it was canceling its flagship RTX 2020 convention, which normally draws thousands of loyal fans to the yearly event and personalities of the company. "It makes people happy", he wrote.

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"If you go to this concert and catch COVID, don't ask anyone to stop, collaborate, and listen to your dumba-", another fan tweeted, and another person mirrored that frustration: "Imagine having to go on a ventilator bc you just had to see Vanilla Ice". And Mortal Kombat is still better than Fortnight but we got out of the house, We danced, we invented house parties in the '90s.

"Bring your dancin shoes, Speedo's, bikinis, neon colors and ninja turtle gear. hahha, ' he added, with the 'ninja turtle gear" referring to his Ninja Rap song from the 1991 sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

David Aaro is a Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.

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