Raye Took To Instagram To Accuse A London Restaurant Of "Blatant" Racism
The restaurant denied any racism, saying it was merely a confusion about dress code.
Singer-songwriter Raye resorted to posting a video on her Instagram this week after witnessing what she said was blantant racism at Ivy Chelsea Garden in London.
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In the video she confronts a staff member at the door to the restaurant where her black friend was being refused entry for wearing what they said was non-smart casual clothing, when her white friend who had already gained entry was wearing shorts, trainers and a jumper.
After being told to stop taking a video, Raye said, “I will take a video, and I will post it to my 100,000 followers and I will let everybody know what’s going on here because this is out of order”. The video has racked up more than 2000 retweets and 3000 likes on Twitter, and more than 70,000 views on Instagram.
Raye later also posted a screenshot from Ivy Chelsea Garden’s website that stated that there was no dress code to get in. “What I experienced was heartbreaking. Explicit racism. Not in MY CITY,” she captioned it.
In reaction to Raye's posts, Ivy Chelsea Garden posted a statement on Twitter about the incident, calling it a "confusion" and apologising that their website didn't make the dress code clear enough.
But Raye said she didn't accept their explanation. In her view, the restaurant had gone out of its way to deny racism from their staff, instead of facing up to the issue and offering an apology.
Despite some mixed responses to Raye's posts, there have been many messages of support for Raye telling her that she did the right thing by speaking out and calling racism where she saw it.
Racism isn’t always explicit and we should all be aware that it still happens so that we can call it out when we see or experience it. Even if doing so causes disagreements, at least it gets people talking... and we definitely still need to be talking about it.