Most New Yorkers over the age of twenty-one are seen at the hottest clubs or bars during the weekend. I happen to be amongst that group that loves to be caught on ridiculously long lines of certain clubs.I had come across a video on youtube that had to do with discrimination against race and other physical features at nightclubs. I immediately felt that I had to share it with all of you. I can remember at least a couple of incidences where I witnessed discrimination on who gets to go in the club.
One night my girlfriends and I decided to go out to one of the clubs in the upper east side, (not going to mention which) as we approached to ID check the bouncer had asked one of my girlfriends to step off the line. Now to me this was odd because she is over 21 and should have had no problem at all. So of course I stepped off with her just to see what is going on. A friend of mine that works at the club had then pulled me aside and said all the girls I was with are good to go except for her. Their excuse: “ She is fat and not the best looking, the club has a reputation to uphold”. I didn’t tell her what was wrong so I made up a story, and we left.
I was in shock! The fact that they turned her away because she was chunkier just makes me furious. What is even more sad is that this wasn’t the first or last time I had seen such a thing happen. Clubs tend to rank how good-looking and well dressed you are; even what color your skin is. If your skin is the wrong color you have to make up for it with your looks and clothes.
What upset me even more is that, in the video it was mentioned,
“They don’t directly tell you that the reason you can’t get in is because you’re a certain race, they simply blame it on the clothes you wear.”
However, Lalla(the African-American man being interviewed in the beginning) came in on a different day to the same nightclub with a group of white people and was let in without a problem. Who would have thought that a night out with your friends can be judged upon what you’re wearing and how you look.
*this video isn’t about NY nightlife but this kind of thing happens everywhere