Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 14:35
"Club DJ incited homophobia"
At the Rotterdam café Beurs, a DJ incited the crowd to chant homophobic slurs to be chanted in the club last weekend. A visitor filed a complaint with the ant-discrimination office Radar, Algemeen Dagblad reports. Café Beurs is a popular place where students go out. It was packed when the dj shouted above the music "whoever isn't jumping is a homo!" To this, the crowd replied "no homo's no homo's!" Visitor Dave van der Wal, who was there on Friday night with his boyfriend. He reported the incident to anti-discrimination office Radar. He called the dj's actions "absurd." "I couldn't believe my ears. That's not right, is it? A dj has a responsibility. What if there was a boy or a girl in the crowd who still has to come out?" Café Beurs has since been in contact with Van der Wal, and offered their apologies, but does not want to talk about the issue at length with the press, the AD reports. "He was distressed at the actions of our dj. We have apologized to him, because he left Beurs with a bad feeling", a spokesperson writes in an email to the AD. "We do everything to make sure people enjoy themselves. If they don't enjoy themselves, then we say sorry, then we try to compensate for that unease." The café denies that "no homo's" was chanted. "The suggestion is being made that café Beurs is gay-unfriendly and that hits us hard." Radar-researcher Rita Schriemer says that the incident in café is going "very far." She says that "the acceptance of homosexuality remains difficult." "That's why it is important that there is constant attention for it, and that people talk to each other when someone makes a comment."