Employee sacked after Grenfell fundraiser ‘poor quality demographic’ comment


A London bar has dismissed an employee and given a donation to charity after a Grenfell Tower tribute event was cancelled.

Trapeze Bar in Shoreditch, east London, called off a special night scheduled for 29 June.

It’s after a member of staff told organisers it might attract a “poor quality demographic”.

Haqiqi Events shared excerpts of an email exchange with the venue online, prompting support on social media.

The owners of the venue have since offered a full apology and Haqiqi Events says Twitter is to thank.

The charity night, CXLTURE, was cancelled on 24 June, when Haqiqi announced the news on social media.

“We are not associating with a business like this,” they wrote, as they shared a message sent to them.

Email

“I am disappointed that I see your artwork and flyers described that your music genres include bashment and trap music,” it reads.

“Both of which were not described when we requested information about the event.

“We do not entertain them as they attract poor quality demographic and result in problems.”

Organisers had hoped to raise funds for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The bar’s owners later responded to the incident, firing the manager and donating money to charity.

“The owners or Trapeze can confirm that following a full investigation, the employee involved has had his contract terminated with immediate effect,” they said in a statement.

“The conduct of the employee does not represent our company’s values and beliefs.”

The firm has donated £2,000 to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund.

They said they do not “discriminate in the terms of race, age, colour, sex or national origin.”

“We are happy to see a full investigation take place and a donation to a much needed fund,” said Haqiqi Events in response.

“Twitter did this.”

In 2016, grime artist Giggs told Newsbeat that authorities needed to work more closely with artists and promoters to stop events being shut down.

“They need to work with us. If they think there’s a threat then help us – put some police out there and work with us rather than just shutting us down,” he said at the time.

His comments followed outcry to the London Police requiring form 696, a risk assessment, to music venues in the capital, which was believed to have been used to stop events which played certain types of urban music.

“I remember seeing signs saying, ‘Don’t play Pow [a Lethal Bizzle track],'” Kano told Newsbeat.

“If you played Pow the club would get shut down, artists weren’t allowed to go to certain places and we definitely weren’t getting booked at festivals.”

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