Parents, aunties, and uncles are filing a lawsuit against Hulu over a documentary about Freaknik that has them worried.
The forthcoming documentary Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told was teased by Hulu earlier this month. The notorious Spring break celebration that swept the 90s and put many people in chokeholds is highlighted in the documentary. Up to the festival’s closure in 1999, throngs of people, mostly HBCU students, would rush to Atlanta, Georgia, each year to party Uncle Luke style. When the documentary, which was executive produced by Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell himself, is made available on Hulu, the younger generation will finally get an opportunity to learn what precisely happened and contributed to Freaknik’s collapse.
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However, not everyone supports the documentary’s release. One lawmaker, three senior business executives, and one judge are among a group of Black women in the workforce who have hired attorneys and are threatening to sue Hulu in an effort to halt the documentary’s distribution, according to News One. One lady, a married mother of three who earns over $1 million a year, claims the documentary portrays her in a “unflattering light” and there are internet recordings circulating already that she doesn’t want her kids to see. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show talked about the potential lawsuit and said that the discussion of fair use could apply to the Freaknik film that is more than 25 years old. Some attendees of Freaknik have expressed their worry over the documentary’s distribution on social media.
One woman posted a TikTok that went viral on Twitter with one person claiming that “All the Freaknik aunties scared.”
“I’ve been to several Freakniks. 94′ was one that I attended. I’m just praying that Jesus be a fence,” the woman said in the video.
Others recalled officer Thaddeus Lloyd, who was suspended with pay in 2012 after a graphic throwback photo of his behavior at the ’91 Freaknik surfaced online, Daily Mail reported. The new documentary is slated for a mid-April 2024 release, which would mark the 30th anniversary of the famed 1994 Freaknik celebration. – Steve Sijenyi