Thursday 8 December 2016

Nightclub sparks protest after it refuses entry to women for being 'too dark' and 'too fat'

David Kearns

Published 30/09/2015 | 14:25

The protest outside the DSTRKT club in London Credit: Hazel Austin
The protest outside the DSTRKT club in London Credit: Hazel Austin

A group of women held a protest outside a nightclub after they claim two of them were turned away because they were “too dark” and “too fat” to come in.

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Lin Mei (29) alleges that she was invited to the ‘high-end’ restaurant and bar DSTRKT in the city’s West End by a promoter who later told her that if her friends were black they would find it “harder to gain entry” as they were usually “not good enough”.

Visiting the venue on Saturday with friends Zalika Miller (26), Reshia McFarlane-Tapping (27), and Tasha Campbell (28), the group was told the guest list was full.

When Ms Mei phoned the promoter to clarify the situation, she was told: “The manager needs to see all girls so line up across the road against the wall so he can see what sort of girls they are and what they look like.”

Two members of the group were then allegedly told they were deemed “too dark” and “too fat” to come in.

“After five minutes [the promoter] came over to me and stated it’s because the girls are too dark. He walked away and then came back and said its due to them also being too fat,” Ms Mei said in a blog post about the incident.

Lin Mei (29) with friends Zalika Miller (26), Reshia McFarlane-Tapping (27), and Tasha Campbell (28) on the night they were refused entry Credit: Zalika Miller/Facebook
Lin Mei (29) with friends Zalika Miller (26), Reshia McFarlane-Tapping (27), and Tasha Campbell (28) on the night they were refused entry Credit: Zalika Miller/Facebook

A series of text messages allegedly from the promoter show him describing how “the chocolate just needs to be hot” and “I really care about the white crowd”.

A spokesperson for the club told the Metro newspaper that it “did not have a door policy that discriminate against black people.

On its website DSTRKT says it has a long list of celebrity visitors, including Kim Kardashian, Jay Z and Rihanna.

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