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Former NBA Star John Amaechi Denied Entrance to Gay Bar for Being 'Big and Black and [Possibly] Trouble'


Gay former NBA star John Amaechi tweeted yesterday that he was denied entrance to Crunch Bar in Manchester, UK (where he lives) after the bouncer said he was "big and black and could be trouble."

Pink Paper reports: Amaechi-headshot

"When Amaechi questioned the decision, the doorman said it was a 'private members' bar.' He then allegedly claimed that the New York Times best-selling author had been flagged up as 'trouble' on the gay village's shared security radio network. A spokesperson for the bar later told Amaechi's representative: 'Your group was stopped from entering the venue on Friday night as a message was received over the NiteNet radio system, (a system where several venues work together within the village, where they announce any issues they have with any customers), that your group had been argumentative and aggressive to another venue’s doorstaff. On interview with the staff who were present at the time, we are satisfied that there were no racism or bigotry comments as you suggest. All three staff who were present on the door at the time have been with us for over 14 months and none of them have ever displayed the attitude or characteristics you suggest in your email. You have clearly misunderstood the situation and perhaps justifying your exclusion that evening. We consider this matter closed now.'"

The other bars, VIA and Taurus, which use the NiteNet system deny there was any such warning about Amaechi's behavior.

According to the paper, "Amaechi's representatives have lodged a complaint with the Equality and Human Rights Commission along with a complaint to the Manchester City Council LGBT affairs director, Terry Waller and also with the Greater Manchester Police LGBT liaison office."

Read our recent interview with John Amaechi HERE.

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  1. Haha, trolling until the bitter end, huh? 325 my shiny pink ass. Heh. I go 410 3 times, (I don't know my max, haven't tried since highschool.) and I have 40 pounds and better leverage than you. Quit with the lies and age thing, 'cause you're nasty, you don;t work out, or probably work at all. You're a nasty troll, with nowhere to go except Towleroad to talk shit to people who aren't even listening anymore. Silly little boy. How does the truth feel? You should be present with it once in a while, you'll grow up and realize it isn't bad at all, in fact it's to be desired. Tank, you're like saran wrap, you're transparent, and you cling with no let up. Quit thinking about "giving me glances" too, that's just creepy from a psycho liar like you.

    Posted by: SeriouslySick | Sep 14, 2010 12:17:51 AM

  2. @Joe
    "I like black men" is offensive to ME, especially when the white guy in question doesn't even know my name yet. It gives me the impression that ANY black guy would do and that I'm not an individual. It makes me feel as though I'm just a skin color and nothing more.

    As for black men being "fetishized a bit", I don't want to be fetishized AT ALL. I've never been in a situation where I thought being fetishized was sexy.

    Here's the thing. I feel like I'm sophisticated. I can talk about anything with anybody. I just don't think "I like black men" is a good conversation opener. I can only speak for myself.

    Posted by: elg | Sep 14, 2010 12:25:02 AM

  3. @JOE
    "I like black men" gives me the impression that ANY black man would do and that I'm not an individual. That I'm just a skin color.

    I personally do not want to be "fetishized a bit", I do not want to be fetishized AT ALL.

    I'd like to think that I'm sophisticated and that I can talk about anything with anybody. But "I like black men" is not a good conversation opener when we don't even know each other's names yet. But that's just me. I can only speak for myself.

    Posted by: elg | Sep 14, 2010 12:42:30 AM

  4. It just goes to show. That the gay community needs to begin serious dialog within the community about racism because it is truly alive and well.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 14, 2010 12:43:29 AM

  5. Sorry about the double post.

    Posted by: elg | Sep 14, 2010 12:46:32 AM

  6. Who the fuck has never been denied entrance to a club? Most door men and women are assholes, managers are assholes, the business operations are corrupt, often criminal, and clubs have never been bastions of fairness and egalitarianism. And then there are the laws that allow a so-called private members club to discriminate in any fashion they want basically. Most people need to use alcohol and / or drugs to really tolerate the environment and enjoy themselves. Try working sober in a club and you'll see how tedious the whole thing gets.

    And of course customers, sober or otherwise, are often equally assholes and prone to trouble making...for obvious reasons.

    ...And what the fuck is up with this gay 'village' bullshit in 2010? Where I live gays have long since de-ghettoize (word?), even though there's a very large gay population and gays have some of the best civil rights in the world, there is no gay 'village' per say. These places existed up to maybe the late 80's but no longer are they purely gay ghettos or villages. And there were never street signs proclaiming 'Gay Village' LOL! I mean fuck, if you gotta ask.....

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 14, 2010 1:08:59 AM

  7. ELG:

    I agree 100% regarding the fetish thing and it doesn't just involve race or white and black. Among straight men of all races, fetishizing Asian females is widespead. Many straight black men fetishize white females, and so-on. If you look at porn, much involves stereotypes, example interracial white and black mostly involves so-called masculine black 'men' tops fucking white 'boys', etc.,

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 14, 2010 1:24:50 AM

  8. I live 10 minutes from Canal St, I know this bar (its pretty shit). I hope that people know what happened and boycott these fuckers. Fuck'em.

    Posted by: EvilEUropean | Sep 14, 2010 4:02:19 AM

  9. Oh Miss Raul, I'll remember that as I report you to the authorities under SB1070. You'll be one illegal we'll get rid of here in America.

    Piece of SHIT TURD!

    Posted by: Sean Shawn | Sep 14, 2010 7:08:28 AM

  10. Oh Miss Ratbastrd ...you bleached faggot. Please STFU!

    Arrogant idiot!

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 14, 2010 7:14:46 AM

  11. I guess even the white gays can be racist to their colored brothers and sisters!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Sep 14, 2010 10:40:36 AM

  12. @TANK One day you will be old. I will not pity you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 14, 2010 2:52:49 PM

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