Last weekend, Hunter Schafer, star of HBO’s series Euphoria, took to Instagram to denounce a transphobic episode at a nightclub in Düsseldorf, Germany. The actress told her followers about how a bouncer at Silq had refused to let her assistant in because she was Trans.
Hunter Schafer is a Trans actress who became famous for starring alongside Zendaya in HBO’s hit series Euphoria. In the show, the second season of which was aired earlier this year, she plays Trans high school student Jules Vaughn.
While in Düsseldorf for the weekend, Hunter Schafer started an Instagram Livestream to call out Silq nightclub for being transphobic when a bouncer did not let her assistant in specifically because she was Trans. In the video, Schafer directly accused the bouncer: “[You] said my friend could not come in because she’s trans,” she said.
“You’re on live with 7 million people by the way,” she informed him then, referring to her Instagram followers. Addressing her fans directly, she warned them not to go to Silq club, as “It’s not safe for Transgender people.”
Before the Livestream ended, a fan approached Schafer asking for a picture with her, to which the actress replied: “Thank you. I’m actually really upset at this place right now”. When the fan asked why she added that “they’re transphobic” and explained what had taken place earlier.
“F*** Silq,” Schafer said before concluding the Instagram live with the following words: “Internet, do what you do. Take them out.”
After the incident, Silq nightclub posted an apology on their social media, distancing themselves from what had transpired. “We apologize at this point to Hunter Schafer and your company for the misunderstanding at our door in the night from Saturday to Sunday,” they stated, informing that the security employee had been fired.
“This kind of thing has no place in our world and simply must not happen. We hereby expressly distance ourselves from any form of discrimination,” they added.
Hunter Schafer takes to Instagram Live to call out SilQ-Club in Düsseldorf, Germany, claiming a bouncer rejected her friend from entering the club because she is trans. pic.twitter.com/ZBt30Dql9z
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However, several Instagram users called out the nightclub for the insincerity of their apology, saying that it had been issued simply to save their image after someone with a big platform had slammed them. According to some comments, what happened to Schafer’s assistant was not the first instance of discrimination at the Silq nightclub. As confirmed by multiple reviews of the club, there had been previous incidents of transphobic and racist discrimination at the door.
“Misunderstanding? Maybe if it was for the first time! Check your google reviews you are either racist or not LGBTQ+ friendly.” stated one comment “You created the environment for your employees to act as they wish.”
“Too little, too late. Before the incident with Hunter’s assistant, this club already had discriminatory problems which were ignored by management.” another user commented, “If Hunter’s massive star power wasn’t involved here this would’ve been swept under the rug too.”
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