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Are You Too Fat To Go Clubbing?

August 31st, 2010 · 7 Comments ·
 
 

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A night club in Australia has barred plus size fat women from entering its premise.  However, it did not stop men of similar size to enter.  Because of this policy, more than 20 women were reported to plan to give statements to police claiming they suffered discrimination.  Source

One of the women said when she insisted to speak to the manager, the manager came out and told her that the club has received many complaints about fat people at the club.  He told the women to lose some weight before coming back again.  Then, he walked off and told the bouncers to get those fat women away.  Ironically, the manager himself was fat.

After the news appeared in the media, the manager has no choice but to drop the ban.

Just like The Day Will Come When Airlines Are Charging More on Overweight Passenger, I will try to be objective and look at this incident from 2 perspectives:

  • Regardless of size, sex or color, a paying customer is a paying customer. Moreover, night club does not charge cheap for cover charge and the drinks are normally overpriced.  So, the manager should be happy when someone wants to be his customer.  If the joint can impose such a policy today, tomorrow they may decide to stop “not so looking” women from going into the place.

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  • Now, the managers may have his reason of doing so. Men normally pay for cover charge whereas girls do not.  As most men going into those clubs are hoping to see beautiful or slim girls, if 8 out of 10 girls are fat, these men may complain to the manager.  Moreover, in many places, club admission is all about social status and appearance.  The manager may not want fat women’s presence to make his club scene to be less attractive for other prospect guests.  In this case, the club believed that it has the right to select its customers, just that it should have been transparent and be upfront about its policy.

Women or even men, are judged at least partially based on appearance.  It is a harsh fact of life.  The action may be controversial, but women can turn it into positive result.  Use it as motivation to lose weight, perhaps?

Or, the easy way out, go to booze somewhere else.  The one who lose out probably is the club itself.

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7 responses so far ↓
  • rob983 // Sep 1, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    Wow, i’m shocked to hear this. Next to the no smoking sign did they have a no fatties sign?

    I can see why they did it, more slim hot girls means more male and female customers.

  • Aizan // Sep 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Yes, what they did was wrong but no, I am not surprised.

    The brutal truth is that first impressions matter and those who are overweight are almost always deemed inferior to their slimmer counterparts.

    Sad but true. But personally… I think everyone should treat themselves better. It’s not about aesthetics, it’s about general wellbeing.

  • Lai Wee Kiat // Sep 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I do club sometimes. And business is business. Customers recognise clubs for their music, atmosphere and PEOPLE. I guess the clubs don’t want to be known as the club with the fatties.

  • flattenmybelly // Sep 9, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Sure, all nightclubs want to be the hottest place to be. They make their money from men paying door fees while many clubs let women in free. It’s a strategy that works for a lot of them. Not that I agree with the decision to go this far.

  • Julia // Sep 21, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    This rule is extremely wrong but far from surprising. Undoubtedly people should take better care of their bodies, and strive to exercise and eat right. However, no one has the right to tell them they can’t enter a particular place because they are overweight. It is sad and ridicules how our world is becoming so materialistic and so worried about body image and beauty. Chances are that this ban will not make women get in better shape it will only force them to go somewhere else for their night time fun, and more than likely it will greatly lower their self-confidence. All in all it’s a lose, lose situation for the club and the overweight customers they turned away.

  • Melanie // Oct 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    I’m fit, but I’m not pretty or hot. Should I be allowed to enter the club?

  • Shay // Oct 17, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Actualy the source article from an Australian newspaper states that the night club is in “St Helier, Jersey,” which is actually an island between France and England, so sorry the nightclub is not from Australia…

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