The owner of a popular gay bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has attracted the ire of the LGBT community after a video showing him using a racial slur was released on Thursday.
Darryl DePiano owns ICandy, a bar in Philadelphia’s gay-friendly district.
In the video, posted to Medium by journalist Joshua Albert, DePiano uses a racial slur repeatedly while speaking to another man.
The video transcript follows:
DePiano: ‘And Ricky Peterson, n*, n*, n*, n*, n******, everyone of them. [laughs] Does Ray ask you for drink passes; white, obnoxious white, but white?’
A man: ‘No, he’s never asked me.’
DePiano: [laughs] ‘There you go, and he was definitely your real boyfriend. All three of them that ask you for drink passes are n******.’
Another voice can be heard saying ‘oh my god,’ before the camera is turned off.
DePiano issued an apology to Facebook, stressing the video was made 3 years ago and occurred during a time of ‘frustration’.
He further states: ‘As many of you know me and know I am always striving for diversity, and always willing to listen, learn and grow myself, my business, and my team.’
His comments have reached city officials, who will hold a public meeting on October 25 to discuss the comments.
‘Consistent with our authority, we are holding a public hearing to provide members of the LGBT community a forum to speak about their experiences with racism and discrimination in the community,’ the Philadelphia Comission on Human Relations’ executive director Rue Landau said.
‘The video that surfaced today is a stark reminder of the absolutely unacceptable racism that exists in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood,’ the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club in Philidelphia said in a statement.
They have promised to boycott the club. ‘We in the LGBT community know what homophobia feels like. but it is time that we do more to understand and stand up against the ways racism affects the lives of queer people of color in our community.
‘The comments male by the owner of ICandy, an establishment that presents itself as a safe space for a vulnerable community, are only a symptom of a much deeper problem in our community.’