A nightclub denied entry to a man and his friend for using homophobic language – and he responded by going on a homophobic rant online.
441 Main in Winnipeg, Canada, denied entry to Reese Buhr and his friend for allegedly using the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory way.
However, in a video obtained by CityNews, Buhr states he ‘hates gay people’ and ‘they should be fucking illegal’.
He said in the now-deleted social media video: ‘I fucking hate gays, let’s put that on the record. These fucking queers were illegal 20 years ago, my grandparents would say what the fuck, that’s fucked man.
‘And I’m with them on that shit, this is bullshit. They should be be legal, they should be fucking illegal, they should be arrested they should be fucking put in jail.’
Then further in the video, he says: ‘Do I hate gays? Yes! Where are my fucking rights as a fucking straight person? I have rights, not only queers have rights. I have a right to get in a club.’
‘Do I hate gays? Yes!’
441 Main say they heard Buhr use homophobic language and politely denied entry to him.
Talking to the new site, the co-owner of the club, Nikola Maharajh, said: ‘Fardad, who is one of our security guards, he is also my business partner here, was working the door that night. he witnessed someone [using] homophobic language.
‘Obviously, he didn’t appreciate that, so he told the guy “Sorry, you’re not going to come in tonight”.
‘We really, like, preach equality here, doesn’t matter what race you are, gender you are, sexual orientation. We just really want everyone to feel comfortable, come have a good time on the weekend. So, if we let someone like that in, it’s going to ruin someone’s night.’
The club has released a statement on their Facebook page too, featuring the quote ‘Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start – Jason Collins’.
“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start” – Jason CollinsAt 441 Main we pride…
They said: ‘At 441 Main we pride ourselves on diversity and quality. We will continue to defend your rights, making our venue a safe place for everyone because no matter who you are or whom you love, you are human, and we welcome you.’
They are also going to hang a rainbow flag in the club.
Since the backlash against the video, Buhr released a video apology. However, all of his social media has been suspended.
Buhr said: ‘I sincerely apologize to anyone I offended, and take full responsibility for my actions.’