'Siesta Key' premiere party canceled as show is protested

The MTV series based here is facing criticism from local residents and animal rights backers.

The premiere watch party in Sarasota for the new MTV series "Siesta Key" has been canceled, according to a newspaper report.

The party had been planned for Monday at CineBistro.

The show will air at 10 p.m. Monday on MTV.

A Facebook group named "Boycott Siesta Key MTV" has been protesting the series because it features Alex Kompothecras, who is reportedly friends with one or more of the men shown in a recent video showing a shark being dragged behind a boat.

Kompothecras is the son of Gary Kompothecras, the chiropractor behind the 1-800-ASK-GARY ads, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The father is listed as an executive producer on the show.

Gary Kompothecras told The Times that death threats against him and his son are part of the reason for the cancellation of the premiere party.

"Boycott Siesta Key MTV" says on its page that it is not affiliated with protests and is not organizing any. 

Rumors suggesting the premiere party was moved to Hooters in Sarasota were debunked on the restaurant's Facebook page.

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