Last week I posted about the closing of the historic Stonewall Bar in New York’s West Village and noted that the New York Observer article painted its neighbors as less than thrilled about the crowd it had been attracting.
One of those quoted in the article, Bill Morgan, the owner of the Duplex bar down the street, wrote in to Towleroad, saying that he felt his remarks to the Observer were both inaccurate and fabricated.
His remarks can be found in the comments section of the original post and after the jump:
Comments to Towleroad from Bill Morgan, owner of the Duplex:
“I just wanted to set the record straight regarding the Stonewall Bar. I am in no way thrilled at the prospect of losing such an incredible landmark for both the West Village and the gay community. I have nothing but empathy for any fellow businesses especially one of Stonewall’s stature. And losing Stonewall would not enhance my business it would hurt it as Stonewall brings people to the neighborhood. The ‘reporter’ from the Observer not only paraphrased my sentiments from the 20 minute telephone interview he edited them together in a way that has very little in common with what I actually said. It’s as if he had a bias in mind for the article and decided to tailor or fabricate statements to bolster his case. When he asked why I thought the Stonewall was failing I stated that I felt the owners had forsaken the history of the place and the hardcore regular clientele by bringing in the 18-20 year olds for the ‘detention parties’ and the like. I did say that the crowds can be disruptive late at night as once they leave the Stonewall they have no other bar to go to because they are underage. So they hang out and make noise. That’s the nature of 18 year olds. I never said that the kids were “the wrong element” and I never said anything even remotely close to being happy at the prospect of losing such a historical establishment. The article this person wrote is not only misrepresentative of me but of the attitude of the community toward Stonewall. I hope Stonewall survives and prospers for years to come. As far as the Duplex is concerned – We are very proud of the diversity of our patrons and the diversity of our staff as well. As you may imagine I am sickened by the bigoted quotes that were attributed to me. I have written the reporter from the Observer, pointed out the inaccuracy of his article and requested that he set the record straight on his end. I am grateful that I have this opportunity to speak for myself.”
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