British rapper Tinie Tempah accuses Barbados' Sandy Lane of racism
(Instagram) British rapper Tinie Tempah
Award-winning British rapper Tinie Tempah has accused Barbados' luxury five-diamond resort Sandy Lane of racism.
Tinie, real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu Jr. touched down in Barbados to celebrate his 32nd birthday which was on November 7. He took to Instagram on November 8, to vocalize his outrage at the disappointing conclusion to his celebrations and criticise the management at the St James resort for their poor handling of the situation.
Recounting the alleged situation, Tinie stated that he was racially profiled by the security at the hotel while walking into the gym.
"I was stopped by a security guard and aggressively challenged about why I was there. He assumed I couldn’t have been a guest, despite telling him I was. When I tried to raise this and other issues with management, they were incredibly rude and condescending," he said on his social media page.
I’m not going let anything dampen my Birthday celebrations but I want to open up about something heartbreaking that happened to me this weekend. While I was staying at @sandylaneresort to celebrate my birthday with family, I was racially profiled — while walking into the hotel gym, I was stopped by a security guard and aggressively challenged about why I was there. He assumed I couldn’t have been a guest, despite telling him I was. When I tried to raise this and other issues with management, they were incredibly rude and condescending and took me taking to social media as a ‘threat’. I started to record how they were speaking to us because I was so shocked, though they stopped and walked off as soon as I got my phone out. I know we are incredibly privileged in many ways and count the blessings every day for all that we have. But this was just another sad reminder for me that there are always people who want to shut you out, and make you feel low. That there are still places where deep down they don’t think you can ever really belong. Every human being deserves to be treated with respect. Don’t spend your time or anything else where you don’t feel that respect. It’s never worth it.
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In an eight-second clip, you see management walking away from the Grammy-award winning rapper as he attempted to address his concerns.
The rapper went on to tell his followers that the incident was a reminder that "there are still places where deep down they don’t think you can ever really belong". He reminded them that "every human being deserves to be treated with respect".
Since publishing the post on Sunday, November 8, Tinie has garnered support internationally. Additionally, Barbadians have flooded his comment section apologising for his experience. In 24 hours, the post on his Instagram feed gainedover 8,800 likes and more than 530 comments.
When contacted by Loop News, management at Sandy Lane Hotel declined to comment but promised to issue a statement in response to the incident.