Black women denied access into London club for being 'too dark,' 'too fat'
This week, a group of black women are blowing the whistle on a trendy London nightclub after they were denied entry for being too fat and too dark.
According to The Voice, on Saturday, Zalika Miller, Lin Mei, Reisha, and Tasha Campbell went to the West End nightclub DSTRKT after being invited by a promoter. Mei says she and her friends were initially told the venue was at capacity. However, it was hard not to notice that white women were still being let in after the fact.
When Mei brought this to the attention of the promoter, he said Ugo Allessio, the manager, requested the women line up against a wall across the street so he could look them over via closed circuit TV. Several moments later, the promoter, known as Daniel, came back and said that although he thought the women were attractive, his manager disagreed.
“Daniel came over to me and stated it’s because the girls are too dark,” Mei explained via email. “When I told the girls they were disgusted.”
When Mei (who is biracial) confronted Allessio for being offensive, he conceded that she could come in, but her friends would have to be left behind.
Mei later released text exchanges corroborating her account of events.
Ironically, the club courts the attention of many popular black celebrities such as Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna and Omarion. The women are currently asking others in the area to join them in protesting the club due to its discriminatory door policies.
Chris Brown’s former girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, is set to host a party there this week but has yet to release an official statement on where she stands on the matter.
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