Thursday, March 29, 2012
Proof Bartender's Racist Rant Put On Blast
Left photo via Proof nightclub; right photo via Jessica Harr's Facebook page.
Prepare to get ill.
This Facebook exchange below began with a bartender named Jessica Harr from Proof nightclub in the Gold Coast.
She was fired for her horribly threatening and racist comments, but it makes you wonder about the people they're hiring over there. In fact, several high-profile African-American nightclub promoters have confirmed that they've had problems with this venue in the past.
UPDATE: Proof owner Mike Bloem, who waited almost 24 hours to respond to the situation, had this to say about the incident: "Proof would like to confirm its belief in equality, fairness and tolerance to all our friends and partners. Sadly, on occasion, we are all exposed to ignorance and racism. We believe that by continuing to be true to our ideals and leading through our actions that each of us can be an agent for positive change."
As far as Jessica Harr's First Amendment rights on Facebook? I spoke with John V. Moore, the marketing communication consultant and Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College Chicago, and he had this to say:
"Many of Ms. (Harr)'s friends and defenders will feel that she is just exercising her First Amendment rights, but I would like to disabuse them of the notion that exercising those rights should protect her from losing her job or dealing with a backlash from those she has offended. The First Amendment only prohibits the government from making a law that would impede her freedom of speech. She exercised that freedom, which is her right, and if her employer wishes to fire her or people wish to complain they are within their rights as well."