Leslie Jones went to Twitter with a complaint about The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles on Monday. The comedian accused The Ritz of racism.
Jones, who hosted Sunday night’s BET Awards in downtown Los Angeles, announced to her Twitter followers that she’d enjoyed the awards show, but her stay at The Ritz was less than perfect. She wrote: “Wow was such a great night at the BET awards. But then had THE WORST STAY @RitzCarlton DO NOT STAY THERE!! THEY DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!!”
Wow was such a great night at the BET awards. But then had THE WORST STAY @RitzCarlton DO NOT STAY THERE!! THEY DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!!
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 26, 2017
Although she did not provide any additional information, many of her followers took her side immediately.
— Jasmine Jordan (@TheRealJasmineJ) June 27, 2017
What year is this we are talking about ? What era? I’m confused
— Elizabeth Washburn (@etwash) June 27, 2017
— #MystaMeeyagi (@thebayzdonyae) June 26, 2017
Others asked for more details, arguing that the information was too limited to form an opinion, or launch a boycott.
Do you want to tell us the facts? Or just make this conclusory statement and defame a great hotel without specifics?
— Sally (@MmailSally) June 27, 2017
Entire Ritz Carlton doesn’t like black people? Pretty general statement don’t ya think? Context?
— Pierre Beauchamp (@milkplus71) June 27, 2017
You don’t even know the story and you’re calling for a boycott. But I’m guessing you don’t care do you
— Jamison Flake (@JamisonFlake) June 27, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton also responded to Jones’ tweet. A post from the official Ritz-Carlton’s Twitter account read: “We’re very sorry to hear this. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to all. Please DM us & we’ll look into this right away.”
We’re very sorry to hear this. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to all. Please DM us & we’ll look into this right away.
— The Ritz-Carlton (@RitzCarlton) June 27, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton spoke out in a statement, provided to The Hollywood Reporter. It reads:
“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of The Ritz-Carlton culture and operations. We remain committed to providing an environment where all feel welcome. While we do not comment publicly about individual guests, we take every guest concern seriously and work quickly to resolve issues.”
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