Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jay-Z's Jim Crow Segregation?

I recently posted Jay-Z's interview at Interview. My oldest boy likes his music, and Jay-Z seems like a savvy businessman. But he's not coming up rosy this week. See The Blog Prof's report, "Real racism: Rapper Jay-Z Bans White People From Nightclub Bash":
As you read this, imagine the outrage from the left if the exact opposite had been done - a white superstar denying entry of black people to his bash. It would have been tar and feather time in the MSM. As it is, not so much. From Jam Canoe: Jay-Z bash ignites race controversy
Rapper Jay-Z has been caught up in a race scandal following allegations security at his BRIT Awards afterparty on Tuesday banned white people from entering the VIP area.

The 99 Problems superstar threw a lavish bash at Merah nightclub in London following his Best International Male Solo win at the ceremony.

But the night descended into chaos after fights broke out amid people scrambling to get close to the star.

And the atmosphere turned even nastier after security personnel working on the doors of the VIP room allegedly refused to allow any white people into the area, while letting black partygoers straight through, according to Britain's Daily Star newspaper.
Hmm. There's more:
In London this week for the British Music Awards, Jay Z won the Brit for Best International Male, then hosted a lavish after party attended by every big name you can think of. As long as you can’t think of any white ones. One guest told the Daily Star…

"Jay-Zis a megastar and yet it was clear white people were not welcome in his VIP area.

While the red rope was lifted for black guests to breeze through, let’s just say it stayed down if your face didn’t fit.

And that included me, despite clearly being a guest of the double-BRIT winners JLS.

I have never felt so intimidated. It left me feeling like a mauled dog."

This part, however, is extremely important…

Jay-Z was completely unaware of the situation after having a custom-built table laid on for him in a private corner.

But a friend told the Daily Star: “He would not have been happy by the actions of those on the night.”

We shouldn’t rush to judgment until we know the motivations of the bouncers. Maybe they were trying to help. Maybe they were going to show a movie during the party, and everyone there would be talking over it and yelling stuff at the screen. My people don’t like that one bit. “Tsk, tsk,” we say.

See also, AllHipHop, "British Paper Accuses Jay-Z of Racism for Afterparty Snub."

Folks aren't denying that white guests were excluded. It's just a matter of pinning down the real Mr. Charley here?

And yeah, where are those leftists?

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Rusty Walker said...

This sounds as though Jay-Z was not the one responsible. I hope that Jay-Z would make a clear statement, as it is easy to jump to an indiscriminant rush to judgment not knowing all the facts. I find it hard to believe that smart Jay-Z, Bedford-Stuyvesant to Rap-Mogul, who knows as all rappers do, that there is a huge white fan base who buy his CDs and wear his clothig line, would be so ignorant as to exclude all white people. This sounds like the staff to me. I know from my own many years of heavy nights on the musician/partying scene, that the few bouncers on the ropes outside wield a lot of power, and do not always reflect what is going on inside or the wishes of the celebrity already inside.

rebel alliance said...

oh no, poor white people. they suffer so much!