A Toronto nightclub is being called out for being racist after a themed club night goes terribly wrong.
On March 4, upscale nightclub venue Wildflower, located in the basement of the Thompson Hotel, hosted its weekly “Industry Night” party Wildflower Sundayz.
However, the nightclub decided to host an Asian-themed party titled “Stir Fry”, conceptualized after Atlanta-based rap group Migos latest track of the same name.
If the event name and promotional marketing weren’t enough to raise concern, employee costumes most certainly would.
In a photo now widely shared online, a white male employee can be seen wearing a conical straw hat, the kind typically worn by rice field workers across Asia. To make matters worse, the Wildflower employee can be seen squinting his eyes for the camera.
Female staff could be seen wearing kimonos with chopsticks in their hair.
At the time of writing this post, all the promotional images shared by Wildflower on its social media channels have been taken down. However, they are still circulating online.
A nightclub in Toronto called Wildflower had an Asian theme last night. This is what came out of it. So much disrespect. pic.twitter.com/AA1V5RVbRD
— ANASTACIA (@anxstxcxa) March 5, 2018
Following Sunday night’s party, the nightclub has since posted and deleted a number of apologies on Instagram. The latest, says they “executed poor judgment” in the event and in their response afterward.
“We will use this as an example to do better and think more carefully about our actions,” reads the post.
However, the public still isn’t convinced, as the comment section is flooded with hundreds of negative comments, with many people calling the club out for being “racist” and that it should be “boycotted”.