Sadly, sometimes it’s your own people being skin and not kin, and that’s seemingly the case in Cincinnati, Ohio where a coiffure conundrum’s afoot.
The owner of COPA Lounge located in the city’s downtown district is feeling the wrath of social media after a group of women claimed they were denied entry because of someone’s hair.
A woman named Kennedy a.k.a. @KCMayes uploaded a video of herself and three other young ladies as they left the lounge that they said discriminated against them. Mayes shared that her cousin was in town for her birthday but was rudely denied entry into COPA lounge for brunch because the owner, a Black man, said the “lace was showing” on her wig.
She and another young lady in the video broke it down this way;
“They did not let us in because of discrimination….” said @KCMayes..
“Because of the way HE wants us to look,” added @KCMayes’ friend. “Not as women, black beautiful women and how we want to look, but how HE wants us to look.”
“He said that our cousin’s lace was visible and he did not want us to come in,” @KCMayes added. “Look how good this girl looks. And our other cousin, her wig cap was showing because the wind was blowing. Look how good SHE looks. Y’all it’s her birthday and we came from out of town. That’s crazy.”
The owner, Jay Rodg, has since smugly responded to the controversy about his ridiculously discriminatory behavior on Facebook. According to him, “COPA ain’t for everybody” and he will continue to enforce his “fly code” a.k.a. dress code.