Skip to comments.B'klyn pol cries 'double standard' over metal detectors at Jay-Z concerts, but not Streisand
Posted on 10/13/2012 5:35:44 AM PDT by Pharmboy
It looks like the Barclays Center thinks Jay-Z fans are more likely to cause 99 problems than the upper-crust Barbra Streisand set.
The arena forced the crowd at the rappers recent concert series to herd through its new airport-style metal detectors while fans of the legendary diva were spared the same indignity at her show on Thursday.
The security-policy switcheroo was blasted yesterday as a double standard that seemed racially inflammatory considering the audiences for each...
Another tweeter quipped that for the Streisand fans, Barclays security should have employed a brisket-sniffing dog!
Not only did the arena treat Jay-Z fans like they were visiting Brooklyn Supreme Court, they also made the crowd at an Oct. 7 Harlem Globetrotters game go through the detectors.
Arena spokesman Barry Baum said the decision to scrap the metal detectors for the Babs concert was simply to speed things up and absolutely not any kind of racial profiling.
The detectors have been causing long lines at events.
Weve only been open two weeks and are trying to make things go as smooth as possible, Baum said.
Nevertheless, Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James thought the move sends a bad message.
There shouldnt be a double standard; there should be one rule of law, she said yesterday. If you have metal detectors for people coming to see Jay-Z, the same should apply for Barbra Streisand.
It shouldnt matter if you come by limousine, subway or your own two feet.
When Barclays Center opened on Sept. 28, it became the only major arena or stadium in the New York area to employ metal detectors. ...
Reps for Jay-Z who owns less than 1 percent of the arena and a piece of its main tenant, the NBAs Brooklyn Nets and Streisand did not return messages for comment.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
But I must admit, the "brisket-sniffing dogs" was pretty funny.
you cant make this s*** up. Unbelievable.
Since half of ugly Babs fans probably have medical devices and implants which would trigger the detectors, they probably didn’t want to bother.
This pol should lose his job if he doesn’t realize and understand the problem of violence in the black community, especially in the hipflop community.
These race mongering fools would do well to hold their tongues until ‘authorities’ start handing out loaded weapons at the gate ... but of course the fools are too dumb to realize these ‘authorities’ are working to prevent thinning of the herd. merely looking at the attendees, the vast difference in demographics, should give any sane person a clue, but of course we’re discussing the liberal progressive mindset, not rational thinking.
You are not allowed to apply common sense in these situations.
What’s Barbra Streisand doing in the USA? I thought she left after Bush stole the election from Gore.
Hmmm. JayZ fans must have had trouble getting a cab.
That is actually a good point, with the knee replacement/pacemaker crowd slowing things down considerably.
Streisand fans tend to be arrogant, cowardly, sub-human morons who fawn over a bloviating, screeching harpy. They’re often offensive but rarely violent.
The Mayor went to the Streisand concert instead of the Yankee game. All doubt has been erased. He is gay.
I’m down with no security at any rap concert.
Barbara Streisand’s fans are racist.
Wouldn’t be surprised if Jay Z required the metal detectors as part of his contract.
They’re members of the Ku Klux StreisKLANd.
LOL! I thought the same thing. Give them all knives and guns and let the fun begin.
It is exactly this sort of top-notch government thinking that has us searching 80 year old white women looking for Muslim terrorists.
Fergetta ‘bout da heat! Who’s checking the size of dem Big Gulps, fer cripes!
Why should they need any security? Guns are virtually illegal in NYC.
You might have a fight if two drag queens show up wearing
the same dress.
It would have taken forever at a Streisand concert what with all the artificial hips and knees at that crowd.
Hey Letitia .... news flash .... nothing sends bad messages like rap lyrics.
Oh my gosh! You are absolutely right! But can you see the racist politician come out and distort that fact?
At certain kinds of concerts there is a large police presence. They know from experience what to expect.
Hint - it isn’t at Beethoven concerts.
Oh my such an indignity!!
I say issue everyone a heater/ ammo at the door and let nature take its course why delay the inevitable.
Hey, they are the 99% (of the problems). Thanks Pharmboy.
Of course, the disturbing part is, people still go see Streisand.
I'm thinking they should use the metal detectors on the way OUT.
They have metal detectors at crap-hop concerts because the chances of Barbra Streisand, and her fans...shooting Celine Dion, and her fans, is quite low.
Crap-Hop people tend to shoot each other more than the other musical genres
Another Black Racist trying to blame “Whitey” for Black Problems...when Blacks need to start taking responsibility for their own problems
I remember a similar flap a few years ago over anti-theft devices being attached to cosmetics designed for a certain race.
“Im down with no security at any rap concert.”
Agreed. Take the metal detectors away and let the good times roll!
Hey, I’m going to the concert tonight and I won’t set off any triggers. Still young at 57!
“Of course, the disturbing part is, people still go see Streisand.”
Many of these same people are entertained by sending hours staring at their navel and chanting, “Ommmmmm”, or perhaps watching Cris Matthews or Rachael Maddow.
‘de gustibus non est disputandem’.
(Loosely translated as, “There is no accounting for tastes”.)
They used to have metal detectors at Streisand concerts, but her fans’ hip replacements and walkers kept setting them off.
That’s what I get for jumping with a clever comment before reading the comments already posted.
Sure, as long as it's other people's lives, not the lives of the Councilperson or the other sensitive activists.
Barack Obama's sensitivity toward the feelings of Moslem terrorists is worth the lives of thousands, including an American ambassador.
Would that be corned beef or pastrami?
So many jokes...so little time.
Of course, they could take the opposite approach and just not use metal detectors for ANY group. I’ll bet Jay-Z might have something to say about that, though.
:’) I’ll probably steal that.