Black Women Say They Were Denied Entry Into Nightclub For Being “Too Dark” And “Too Fat”

September 29, 2015  |  

A group of women have plans to protest against popular London nightclub, DSTRKT, which is frequented by many A-list celebrities, because they say that they were denied entry based on their appearances.

According to UK publication The Voice, the women were first required to submit photos of themselves to a promoter who worked with the club.

“Prior to us actually getting to the club, the [promoter] wanted pictures of the girls that my friend was going to bring,” explained 26-year-old Zakia Miller. “He basically said, if she was going to bring Black girls then they’ve got to be of ‘a certain caliber.’ She sent him pictures of me and another girl that was coming, and I guess he gave his approval.”

When the women arrived at the club on the evening of Saturday, September 26, they were turned away. Although they were initially told that the club was at full capacity, they began to ask questions when they saw other women getting in. When the promoter, who had initially given them approval, inquired about why they weren’t allowed in, he was informed that staff members felt that some of the women were unattractive.

“The promoter went to the door girl and asked why she wasn’t letting us in, and she just said, ‘I don’t think they’re good looking enough.’”

Allegedly, the women were told that the staff felt that one of them was “too dark” and another was “too fat.” The women later turned to social media to blast the nightclub for the unpleasant experience. Interestingly, the Voice is reporting that Brooke Norton, a member of the DSTRKT staff confirmed that friends she invited to the nightclub had similar experiences. According to Norton, she was advised by a senior staff member not to invite “too many Black girls” going forward.

“I work for DSTRKT, I promote in DSTRKT, on Friday when I was working at DSTRKT, I actually took my personal friends and put them on my table,” said Norton, who is White. “There [were] two White girls in the queue in front of us and they got in for free but they made my Black friends pay to get in.”

“When I finished work on Friday at DSTRKT, I was told not to bring so many Black girls on my table next time and I should only really have light-skinned girls, Indian girls or White girls. That to me is f*ck*ng discrimination,” she continued. “I won’t be promoting there [any] more that’s for sure, they took money out of my pay for that night because they didn’t count one of my Black friend as a guest. So, so bad.”

A protest has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 29 in front of the West End nightclub.

“Come and peacefully make a stand with us [on September 29] along the ‘rejects wall’ outside Dstrkt Nightclub at 10 p.m. Let us unite. All the so called ‘uglies’ and ‘fatties’ come dressed to kill. Bring banners/sheets, write on anything #doilookdstrkt,” said Miller.

Keep up with the movement on social media using the hashtag #DOILOOKDSTRKT.

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