Critics are calling out the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn for employing metal detectors for Jay-Z’s concerts but not using them for Barbra Streisand’s shows at the venue.
Security at the $1 billion arena in the Prospect Heights neighborhood was tight when the hip-hop mogul gave a series of concerts starting in late September, the inaugural event at the highly anticipated venue.
But the strict security measure was noticeably absent on Thursday and Friday nights, when Streisand took the stage at the same space causing some to question if there was a double standard.
The disparity in security was pointed out by fans of Babs on Twitter, many of whom noted the difference in fan demographics for the 70-year-old Streisand, who was born in Brooklyn, and the 42-year-old rapper, who also hails from the New York City borough.
Earlier in October, one concert goer to the Jay-Z show had tweeted about the detectors, which are not widespread at sport’s venues, ‘I’m a little confused by the metal detectors at the Jay-z show at Barclays Center. Because this is Brooklyn, or hip hop?’
But when the detectors were not in use for Streisand’s event, Twitter tongues began to wag.
‘The metal detectors are not in use for Barbra Streisand @barclayscenter. Racial profiling?’ tweeted one Streisand concert-goer.
‘Streisand fans get wanded. No metal detector, as with Jay-Z attendees,’ another remarked.
She will also be performing on Saturday night.
Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James told the New York Post she thought the difference in security ‘sends a bad message.’
‘There shouldn’t be a double standard; there should be one rule of law. If you have metal detectors for people coming to see Jay-Z, the same should apply for Barbra Streisand.’
‘It shouldn’t matter if you come by limousine, subway or your own two feet.’
But the Barclays Center has denied that the use, or lack therof, of the metal detectors was motivated by racial profiling.
‘We’ve only been open two weeks and are trying to make things go as smooth as possible,’ the center’s spokesman Barry Baum told the Post.
He continued that the Center is ‘experimenting with a variety of security measures to enhance our customers’ experience, while also, of course, ensuring a secure and safe environment.’
Source: The Daily Mail