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Issac Bailey blog | Bikefest’s fault? Former Beyoncé bandmate, NFL football players came to Myrtle Beach for good time

07/22/2014 8:47 AM

07/22/2014 8:50 AM

According to a police report, a former member of Destiny’s Child – the group that launched Beyoncé into superstardom – came to Myrtle Beach this weekend and had a bit of a good time, too good.

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Imagine if this would have happened during the most recent Memorial Day weekend, which included much chaos and multiple shootings that left 3 people dead and residents up at arms and afraid. This, too, would have likely be deemed “Bikefest-related” because the Atlantic Beach Bikefest would have been occurring at the same time.

That’s why I’ve asked the question before: What, precisely, counts as Bikefest-related? Does the term mean the incident would have only occurred during Bikefest or because of Bikefest?

The shootings that left 3 people dead did not come at a Bikefest event, but Bikefest has been blamed for the deaths any way. Several years ago, when a shooting ended in a death that was also blamed on Bikefest – even though everyone involved was a local resident. When something bad happens and it is caused by tourists, or locals, it is Bikefest’s fault, even when it happens in places where there are no Bikefest events. Is there any bad thing not Bikefest’s fault?

I’ve also said that there are a ton of tourists who come to the Myrtle Beach area every summer looking to get into mischief and plenty of readers claimed that wasn’t true. But bad actors don’t need a particular event to make them act out, especially when they come to a resort area to drink heavily and other sorts of things.

When they act out, they need to be dealt with and we need to take sensible steps to try to lessen the odds that behavior will be repeated. That’s why finding ways to make sure there aren’t eight shootings next Memorial Day weekend make sense. But the hyperbole about the danger of Bikefest itself is not necessary.

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