After a man snapped a photo of a New York pub’s dress code and posted it online, the restrictions immediately earned the business the “racist” label all because of the type of clothing the owner has banned.
It’s common knowledge that most bars and clubs have some sort of dress code, at least restricting certain articles of clothing, labels, or paraphernalia. As such, violation of these rules can warrant an automatic expulsion from the premises, courtesy of an eager bouncer.
However, some business owners seem to go a bit overboard when it comes to restricting the gear that their patrons are allowed to wear upon entry. In fact, one New York pub’s dress code was apparently so detailed that it has earned the establishment the label of “racist.”
When Herbert Smith’s friend sent him a picture of the dress code for Murphy’s Law Irish Pub in Rochester, he had a sinking feeling that he simply couldn’t pinpoint. While the restrictions were certainly extensive, Smith felt there was something about the particular choice of banned clothing that signaled an ulterior motive.
Hoping to gain clarity, Smith posted the photo of the restrictions on Facebook, which quickly garnered the feedback he sought. It was only after numerous social media users pointed out the “racist” undertone of the dress code that Smith’s concern was validated.
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub has been labeled “racist” because of its dress code restrictions.
According to Yahoo! Lifestyle, Smith’s picture prompted many to label the pub’s dress code “racist” because it banned clothing such as “hoodies,” “baggy pants,” “Timberland work boots,” and multiple other articles, which commenters alleged is “code for no black people.”
- NO flat, straight brim or baseball caps
- NO hoodies
- NO ripped jeans of any kind
- NO bandanas or doo rags of any kind
- NO BAGGY pants, jeans, shorts, or sweats
- NO sleeveless shirts, tanks, or jerseys
- NO white tees
- NO camo
- NO Timerland work boots of any kind
With the comments flooding in, Smith realized that many others shared his concerns for the allegedly “racist” intent of the bar owner. Soon, hundreds expressed their suspicion and outrage over the dress restrictions, accusing the owner of having a flagrant “prejudice.”
Still, others defended the Murphy’s Law Irish Pub owner of protecting the business and holding it to a higher standard, explaining that perhaps they just want customers “to show up in more classy attire.”
However, some social media users cited anecdotal evidence to support the idea that the pub owner has racist tendencies. In fact, one person claimed to have suffered discrimination while trying to enter the bar.
“My problem isn’t the dress code. It’s the fact that Murphy’s Law only enforces the dress code for people of color,” someone pointed out. “I tried to go there a few years back and they denied me entrance because of my outfit but there was a group of white people that had on similar outfits like the one I had on.”
Smith maintains that he finds the dress restrictions problematic. He explained that the pub should change the dress code to prove that there is no underlying motivation for such selective restrictions.
“The comments streamed in. People were very passionate about it on either side of the spectrum. To me, the act of posting that dress code, without any prompting, and seeing the response which ensued, warrants a change,” he explained.
Of course, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub was confronted with the allegations of racism. Without hesitation, the bar dismissed the accusations and offered a simple explanation for the specific choice of banned clothing.
“Our dress code policy was put into place 9 years ago. The dress code was adopted after reviewing what many other successful bars, clubs & restaurants from around the area and country had already put in place. We have been a big part of the East End and Rochester community for over 9 years and are looking forward to many more. Murphy’s Law and our employees welcome all patrons local and out of town through our doors.”
The majority of the feedback on the bar’s post was supportive. Additionally, several black patrons offered instances in which they had positive experiences with entering the pub, rejecting claims that the owner discriminates against minorities.
While some insist that it targets certain cultures or races, others maintain that it is merely a smart business move. Still, the debate rages as to whether the dress code is racist, intentionally or not.