Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

B'klyn pol cries 'double standard' over metal detectors at Jay-Z concerts, but not Streisand
NY Post ^ | October 13, 2012 | RICH CALDER

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 rapper’s 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.

“We’ve 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 shouldn’t 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 shouldn’t 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 NBA’s Brooklyn Nets — and Streisand did not return messages for comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: profiling; race
I maintain it has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with race, but merely with the incidence of violent events occurring at rap concerts versus concerts of 60+ y/o pop singers. If you want to make it about race, go ahead; but for me, it's strictly about crime prevention and statistics.

But I must admit, the "brisket-sniffing dogs" was pretty funny.

1 posted on 10/13/2012 5:35:52 AM PDT by Pharmboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

you cant make this s*** up. Unbelievable.


2 posted on 10/13/2012 5:38:06 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

Since half of ugly Babs fans probably have medical devices and implants which would trigger the detectors, they probably didn’t want to bother.


3 posted on 10/13/2012 5:38:17 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

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.


4 posted on 10/13/2012 5:38:38 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (There's a revolution "brewing".....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: thefactor; justiceseeker93; martin_fierro; neverdem; NonValueAdded; Lazamataz

Ping...


5 posted on 10/13/2012 5:38:46 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

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.


6 posted on 10/13/2012 5:39:59 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

You are not allowed to apply common sense in these situations.


7 posted on 10/13/2012 5:40:10 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ( Message to President Obama: Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

What’s Barbra Streisand doing in the USA? I thought she left after Bush stole the election from Gore.


8 posted on 10/13/2012 5:41:59 AM PDT by j. earl carter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy; Yehuda
“It shouldn’t matter if you come by limousine, subway or your own two feet.”

Hmmm. JayZ fans must have had trouble getting a cab.

9 posted on 10/13/2012 5:44:34 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: catfish1957

That is actually a good point, with the knee replacement/pacemaker crowd slowing things down considerably.


10 posted on 10/13/2012 5:50:14 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

Streisand fans tend to be arrogant, cowardly, sub-human morons who fawn over a bloviating, screeching harpy. They’re often offensive but rarely violent.


11 posted on 10/13/2012 5:50:40 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

The Mayor went to the Streisand concert instead of the Yankee game. All doubt has been erased. He is gay.


12 posted on 10/13/2012 5:50:47 AM PDT by MacMattico
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #13 Removed by Moderator

To: Pharmboy

I’m down with no security at any rap concert.


14 posted on 10/13/2012 5:54:13 AM PDT by expat1000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tzar
Indeed...great point. I bet most in line there were happy to see heightened security. When everything is race, nothing is race...
15 posted on 10/13/2012 5:54:29 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

Barbara Streisand’s fans are racist.


16 posted on 10/13/2012 5:56:42 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

Wouldn’t be surprised if Jay Z required the metal detectors as part of his contract.


17 posted on 10/13/2012 5:56:53 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

They’re members of the Ku Klux StreisKLANd.


18 posted on 10/13/2012 5:57:57 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

LOL! I thought the same thing. Give them all knives and guns and let the fun begin.


19 posted on 10/13/2012 5:58:39 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy
Nevertheless, Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James thought the move “sends a bad message.” ... “There shouldn’t 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 is exactly this sort of top-notch government thinking that has us searching 80 year old white women looking for Muslim terrorists.

20 posted on 10/13/2012 5:58:46 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

Fergetta ‘bout da heat! Who’s checking the size of dem Big Gulps, fer cripes!


21 posted on 10/13/2012 5:59:51 AM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

Why should they need any security? Guns are virtually illegal in NYC.


22 posted on 10/13/2012 6:04:53 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

You might have a fight if two drag queens show up wearing
the same dress.


23 posted on 10/13/2012 6:05:55 AM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

It would have taken forever at a Streisand concert what with all the artificial hips and knees at that crowd.


24 posted on 10/13/2012 6:06:11 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy
Letitia James thought the move “sends a bad message."

Hey Letitia .... news flash .... nothing sends bad messages like rap lyrics.

25 posted on 10/13/2012 6:15:48 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: catfish1957

Oh my gosh! You are absolutely right! But can you see the racist politician come out and distort that fact?


26 posted on 10/13/2012 6:19:02 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

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.


27 posted on 10/13/2012 6:33:27 AM PDT by I want the USA back
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

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.


28 posted on 10/13/2012 6:34:35 AM PDT by Gasshog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Hey, they are the 99% (of the problems). Thanks Pharmboy.

Of course, the disturbing part is, people still go see Streisand.


29 posted on 10/13/2012 6:34:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: expat1000
I’m down with no security at any rap concert.

I'm thinking they should use the metal detectors on the way OUT.

30 posted on 10/13/2012 6:35:20 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy; All

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


31 posted on 10/13/2012 6:36:49 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

I remember a similar flap a few years ago over anti-theft devices being attached to cosmetics designed for a certain race.


32 posted on 10/13/2012 6:36:58 AM PDT by I want the USA back
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

“I’m down with no security at any rap concert.”

Agreed. Take the metal detectors away and let the good times roll!


33 posted on 10/13/2012 6:53:02 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

me too!


34 posted on 10/13/2012 7:06:36 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: catfish1957

Hey, I’m going to the concert tonight and I won’t set off any triggers. Still young at 57!


35 posted on 10/13/2012 7:25:56 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

“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”.)


36 posted on 10/13/2012 7:29:00 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

They used to have metal detectors at Streisand concerts, but her fans’ hip replacements and walkers kept setting them off.


37 posted on 10/13/2012 7:34:12 AM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus (OVERTHROW OBAMA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy; catfish1957; muir_redwoods

That’s what I get for jumping with a clever comment before reading the comments already posted.


38 posted on 10/13/2012 7:42:02 AM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus (OVERTHROW OBAMA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tzar
Is sensitivity worth the lives of innocents?

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.

39 posted on 10/13/2012 7:46:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I am relentlessly reasonable. Mrs. Don-o said so.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy
"brisket-sniffing dogs"

Would that be corned beef or pastrami?

Cream soda?

40 posted on 10/13/2012 8:04:02 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: spodefly
thank you...
41 posted on 10/13/2012 8:04:23 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

So many jokes...so little time.


42 posted on 10/13/2012 8:10:09 AM PDT by DouglasKC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pharmboy

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.


43 posted on 10/13/2012 9:23:46 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BwanaNdege

:’) I’ll probably steal that.


44 posted on 10/13/2012 4:47:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson