Pop star Jess Glynne caused a storm on Twitter after calling her denial of entry to Mayfair’s posh restaurant, Sexy Fish, “discrimination.”
Glynne posted details of her knockdown on Instagram last night, with a photo of the outfit that the doormen at the restaurant owned by Caprice Holdings found to be in violation of the dress code: a cap, a gray hoodie, sweatpants and sneakers.
Speak Sexy fish site, the dress code, which is not uncommon in Mayfair restaurants, is defined as “smart and casual”.
We ask customers not to wear sportswear or beachwear. ripped jeans, flip flops, slides or workout sneakers (smarter, fashionable sneakers may be allowed).
“Smarter, fashion sneakers”, maybe like these hybrid clodhoppers, “May be authorized”.
“Dear @sexyfishlondon I showed up to your restaurant looking like this and you looked at me and my friend up and down and said no you can’t come in and your restaurant was EMPTY, ”Glynne wrote.
Luckily for Glynne, who made the most of the locking elevator, Amazonico is only a 30-second walk from Sexy Fish and offers an equally overpriced Mayfair dining experience with a almost identical dress code, which he probably decided not to apply. Glynne noted that the second restaurant had greeted her and her friend with “pure joy” that the couple had “a good meal with mean service”.
Glynne asked Sexy Fish to “please check for yourself if this is how you treat people because it is rude, off-putting, embarrassing and certainly not inviting.” She claims that she and her friend were not only made to wait, but were also inspected by two staff, who ultimately deemed their attire unsuitable upon entering. The decision was made “based on their appearance,” which is generally how dress codes work.
“I think the attitude of your staff needs to change because it was pure discrimination,” Glynne said. It has rightly been pointed out that the use of the word “discrimination” at a time when actual discrimination is being exposed and protested is foolish and ignorant.
While the restaurant itself didn’t react to the story (if it did, it would likely just indicate its publicly posted dress code), the internet most certainly did. Here are some of Twitter’s catchiest this morning.
One said someone had to point out to the pop star that refusing to enter a restaurant while wearing a hoodie was not discrimination.
someone has to tell Jess Glynne that … being refused a restaurant for wearing a hoodie is not discrimination. pic.twitter.com/8GjPQlhpoK
– gay lobotomy alim kheraj (@alimkheraj) July 6, 2020
Others pointed to the privilege of even going to a restaurant for “£ 300 of sushi in Mayfair”.
If anyone asks me what privilege is I will just show them Jess Glynne who complains that she was discriminated against because she can’t wear a hoodie while eating £ 300 sushi at Mayfair. pic.twitter.com/FNUKGY8dnR
– Grant Tucker (@GrantTucker) July 7, 2020
Others asked Glynne “what were you expecting”, that the restaurant was not called “laid back rat”. Ouch.
Others have argued that Sexy Fish’s decision was “classist”. This tweet is about this take.
Jess Glynne turned down Sexy Fish for wearing a hoodie, it’s not 100% classist … have you ever gone out in a working-class town? People don’t wear hoodies in a restaurant, you are absolutely kidding! They will look FRESH. She’s pure chic girl energy out there I’m afraid
– Natasha (@natashadaniels) July 7, 2020