Sunday, May 26, 2024

Beyonce and Jay Z Oscar Party Will Be at Shuttered Restaurant Cited for Racial Discrimination and Bias


When the pandemic started, Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont closed to hotel guests. All its facilities closed down except to residents.

But that won’t stop Jay Z and Beyonce. They’re going to have their Oscars after party at Bar Marmont, which is also closed and has been for the last two years.

Their party will feature Black Hollywood’s top actors and rappers. It seems they haven’t read the Hollywood Reporter story from September 2020 that claimed “Employees portray the hotel as an institution defined by racial prejudice.”

So it’s a an odd choice for Jay Z and Beyonce.

From the article: “The leadership operates in a perpetual state of racism and unconscious bias,” says Rosemary West, a white sommelier and manager who worked at the restaurant for six years until she, too, was laid off. “The hotel has been allowed to dismiss BIPOC concerns for years as there is no HR department. Fear of retaliation was an absolute concern at the property. Many qualified personnel were passed over for promotions to be filled by white personnel.”

I’m surprised, I always loved Chateau Marmont. But a) it’s closed and b) this has never been resolved.

Also from the article:

“There were times when we’d have a Black couple who was trying to have dinner and we had room to accommodate them,” [a staffer] says. “We would call upstairs, we’d say, ‘an African American couple,’ they’d ask if they were celebrities, and if not, they’d say, ‘We can put them in the dining room,’ which is secluded and where newcomers are seated. The main spot to dine is the garden area, so people seated [inside] felt isolated. Oftentimes they’d go, be disappointed, and then we’d offer them Bar Marmont or we’d say, ‘Come by on Sunday or Monday,’ which are our less busy nights.” He adds, “Black people weren’t taken care of as much as white people.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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