Drag queens stage mass walk-out at bar after owner allegedly posts racist comments
Dozens of drag queens at a bar in Atlanta have staged a mass walk-out after its owner allegedly posted racist comments online. The comments were allegedly posted by Burkhart’s owner Palmer Marsh, and according to reports went back as far as 2015. In response, 30 drag queens walked out of the Atlanta bar, which represented all of its entertainment staff. Since the walk-out, the bar has suddenly been taken over and will open under new management. But drag artists who performed there said they had dealt with racism for a number of years. “Working here was a losing battle. It was kind of like we were always backed up against a corner,” said Shavonna Brooks a performer at the venue. Brooks had worked in a number of roles at Burkhart’s as an entertainer and a director. But she suggested that entertainers had not confronted the alleged racism earlier because they feared for their jobs. “That why we didn’t do anything immediately,” Brooks told 13maz. The comments came to light last Friday and Brooks says the entertainment staff felt obliged to make a stand. “Even though the owner put those words out there, no one sees the
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