The owner of a north London bar cancelled an international company's Christmas party after organisers asked if it was a gay venue.Yes. That’s all. Just asked. Are they not entitled to do this?
The company, which Proud is not naming, wrote: "We have our Christmas staff party booked for next Friday at Proud.
"Some of our staff have been told that Proud is a gay bar, is that correct?"
The email continued: "We need to know as it's against some people religion (sic) so we will need to make them aware."They weren’t planning to cancel their booking, just let their staff know in case they’d rather not attend. And so they wouldn’t have to face a stroppy employee claiming their own religious rights had been ignored. That’s all.
But toys exited pram at warp velocity, as business owner had mega hissy fit:
Proud responded to the request within hours to tell the company that their party would be cancelled. He wrote: "I think we best cancel your visit. We are pretty gay and a lot of gay stuff happens here.
"Gay drinks, gay food, gay loos etc..."
He added: "Sorry to disappoint. Booking cancelled."Good grief!
He told BuzzFeed the cancellation would cost him thousands of pounds if another company does not book the venue.Here’s hoping he doesn't. After all, his precious principles are worth a little sacrifice, aren't they?
He added: "I was relieved to get that email because I wouldn’t have wanted those people in my venue anyway.
"I think some people think homophobia is a thing of the past – there were a lot of people out there who think it’s a fair question. A lot of people think you can justify homophobia using religion."It IS a fair question, you moron! Acting like you’ve done is hardly going to foster tolerance, now, is it?