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Bar slammed over ejection of lesbians

Mon 23 Apr 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

The owners of a Wellington bar are being given a forceful lesson of the power of social media in the face of injustice. The Facebook page of Courtenay Place bar Public has been bombarded by complaints and messages of disgust following a local lesbian reporting she and her girlfriend were thrown out on Saturday night for kissing. While many people are disgusted at the couple’s treatment, the response of the bar’s owner has added fuel to the fire: "I am the last person to be homophobic not only do I have a niece and a sister who are gay I also have staff working for me who are gay ...whether your gay straight black or white or otherwise I couldn't give a shit...what I do care about is you slagging off my business...." “Good job, Public,” Phillie Holmes writes, summing up the majority of opinion. “Way to alienate the entire gay community of our fair city, and the vast majority of your patrons over one little kiss. “This is Wellington. There are no shortage of bars. This fight was won the second that shitstain employee of yours acted like a supercilious, bigoted asshole. “Social networking is a powerful tool, my friend, and in less than 24hrs you have managed to fan the flames further through your unacceptable, clumsy response. I look forward to attending the opening of the new up and coming bar that in a few months will stand where Public once stood. You sicken me.” Wellington Young Feminists Collective and Queer Avengers are considering a 'pash in' at the bar.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 23rd April 2012 - 1:28pm

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