A Soho bar has been accused of discrimination on social media, after a group of black actors were denied entry.
Giles Terera – a renowned actor who starred in the musical Hamilton – posted the following on Twitter about his experience on Friday night:
“1. I just took a group of 8 Black actors who i’m directing in a play about American blues musicians to Aint Nothin But The Blues bar in soho. We were racially profiled and refused entry as 10 white punters were allowed in past us unchecked. WTF.
2. This group of talented, and hard working actors was left devastated, confused and upset while the manager said “I dont care who you are or what you are.”
Soho Labour Councillor Pancho Lewis has urged the Council to investigate this immediately. Pancho said:
“This needs to be investigated straight away. Racism is real and systemic, and when never an incident like this occurs the Council and the authorities have to take swift action. I am very alarmed with venue’s social media response to the incident. They accuse the actors of playing the “race card” – this is unacceptable and deeply offensive. They should not for one moment belittle the experience of BAME people for whom racism is not a thing of the past but very much still present today in society.”
Councillor Lewis is calling on the Council’s Licensing Chief Ian Adams to make publicly condemn this response and urging the Council to take immediate steps to investigate the issue.