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Downtown After Dark: First Night fall-out; Frisina fired

Is there anything quite as satisfying as being able to say “I told you so”? I don’t think so.

In my Dec. 28 Livin’ in Liverpool column for the Eagle Star-Review I wrote, “You’re a jerk if you go to First Night.” The Dec. 31 bash at Onondaga Lake Park was headlined by New Boyz, a couple rappers from SoCal who muddied up the celebration with putrid patter, misguided misogyny and obscene gestures. The Boyz specialize in a new dance style called “jerkin.”

All this at an event heavily hyped as “family-friendly.”

After all, booze was banned!

But cocktails are civilized compared to the litany of four-letter words pouring from the speakers when these 20-year-old “pop stars” took the stage. In fact, they’re so immature that they refused to tone down their explicit performance even after First Night producers from Galaxy Communications politely asked them to keep it clean.

Crawling out of the Mojave Desert town of Hesperia, Calif., the New Boyz are two 20-year-olds named Earl “Ben J” Benjamin and Dominic “Legacy” Thomas. In 2009, the duo scored its first hit with a track titled “You’re a Jerk.”

‘Absolutely appalling’

Visitor Brenda Newkirk was shocked by the group’s “absolutely appalling vulgarity.” Newkirk — who drove her family from Weedsport and paid the First Night adult ticket price of $8 each — deduced that Ben J and Legacy “have no self-respect, nor respect for anyone else.” Well said.

Since New Year’s Day, Galaxy and sponsors AmeriCU Credit Union and Burdick Family of Dealerships at Driver’s Village have all been busy wiping egg from their faces. And the yolk’s on Onondaga County Parks & Recreation, where the outrage was staged.

Before booking the New Boyz, “family-friendly” First Night organizers should’ve had second thoughts about performers whose hits include titles like “Tie Me Down,” “Backseat” and “Better with the Lights Off.”

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