*It looks like “The Real” is not the only entity that doesn’t want Tamar Braxton on its premises. Add a Dallas area bar and restaurant to the list.
Tamar herself revealed what went down earlier this week via her Instagram story. She told her followers she was barred from entering JR’s Bar & Grill because of her appearance.
“Evidently I look like a gangster. I can’t go in this establishment,” she said.
“Here in my favorite town Dallas, they have zero tolerance for black people.”
Meanwhile, JR’s addressed what happened in a statement, released to NBC 5/Dallas. Their position is that they have strict entrance policy which applies to anyone and everyone hoping to drink and dine there.
“Our posted policies regarding entrance into JR’s Bar & Grill are to both ensure the safety of all our customers and to certify that our staff are in accordance with the law when serving alcohol – without exception,” the statement read.
“In this instance, we were simply following our published procedures. It would have been a beautiful experience and honor to add Tamar Braxton to the long list of celebrities who have enjoyed JR.s as a safe and inclusive entertainment venue. We are deeply saddened that she didn’t experience the love that awaited her inside.”
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Charles Roy is one of many who frequents the popular gay bar and is well aware of the dress code, which says, “no sweat towels, no backpacks, pants are to be worn around the waist, no sunglasses worn inside, give respect, get respect” and “zero tolerance policy.”
“I know they have signs up that say zero tolerance, but I think that’s for drug peddling and some other things that have gone on here in the past,” Roy told Fox 4. “I don’t think that’s being racist.”
“Are there certain areas of Dallas that are discriminatory? Maybe,” said another patron, Louis Dofrman. “But I don’t think this is one of them. I mean, this is the ‘gayborhood’ for God’s sake!”
Hundreds of comments on JR’s Facebook page, mostly from Braxton fans, take a different tone.
“Even in the gay community, people are a racist,” one person commented. “Smh I will never support y’all ever again.”
“How could you be so naive and oblivious?,” another commenter said. “Black people have supported JR’s but not any longer. The incident is disgraceful, tasteless, and racist.”
As of this posting, Tamar had not responded to the statement from the restaurant.
Braxton was in the Big D for a performance at the Verizon Theatre.