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Racism In NY?: Outrage That Metal Detectors Were Used at Barclays Center for Jay-Z Concerts BUT NOT for Barbra Streisand’s Shows

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.

Crazy in love: Fans of Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, packed the Barclays Center, on the first of eight Jay-Z shows on September 28. Fans of the rap mogul were subjected to metal detectors

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.

Security: Barbra Streisand fans, waiting to enter the venue on Thursday, were not subjected to metal detectors for her show

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

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