Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Oscar afterparty is under fire despite being one of the hottest events of the night. The party, hosted by the power couple, is scheduled for March 27th, and now fans have an issue with its location.
The party, also known as Gold Party, will see the likes of Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott, Gabrielle Union, and Charlize Theron. It is known to feature a phone policy as well to keep things ultra private.
After the two-year absence due to the pandemic, Jay Z will return to the Sunset Strip hotel’s storied property in the Chateau Marmont’s parking garage. The place was once home to Bar Marmont.
Jay-Z’s location choice for the party has received heavy criticism because of an ongoing boycott of the property, led by the local hotel workers’ union, over the Chateau Marmont’s alleged treatment of employees with claims such as racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kurt Petersen, co-president of Unite Here Local 11, made the following statement.
“For Jay-Z to choose the Chateau Marmont for their Gold Party is shockingly insensitive. They must move their event and choose an afterparty hot spot that treats its workers, especially Black women, with dignity and respect. Jay-Z has a responsibility to do better.”
He added: “We hope Jay-Z joins Gabrielle Union, Spike Lee, Issa Rae, Robin Thede, Quinta Brunson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Ashley Nicole Black, and Samira Wiley in boycotting Chateau Marmont.” According to the union, all of the names noted by Petersen have previously signed its boycott pledge.
“I can’t help but think if JAY-Z knew how Chateau treats their workers, they wouldn’t ignore this fact and continue to throw parties there.”
The boycott of the lavish property at West Hollywood has solid backing from several celebrities from the industry, too, aside from the mentioned Hollywood unions. In the past, the boycott has stopped two known production shoots at the location.
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