Barclays Bias? No Metal Detectors for Fans at Streisand Shows

Brooklyn arena didn't subject Babs fans to same security measures as at Jay-Z performances, according to the New York Post

With only two sets of musical performances under its belt, Brooklyn's new arena has raised the ire of its customers by subjecting some fans to different security measures than others.

Barclays Center forced the crowd at Jay-Z's opening 8-day concert series to file through airport-style metal detectors, while fans of Barbra Streisand "were spared the same indignity at her show on Thursday," according to the New York Post.

Did organizers think Hova fans were more likely to cause trouble than "people who need people"? Some critics assert yes.

“The metal detectors are not in use for Barbara Streisand @barclayscenter. Racial profiling?” tweeted one Streisand concert-goer quoted in the article.

Instead of passing through detectors, Streisand fans were simply wanded, observed longtime Barclays documenter Norman Oder.

In response to complaints of racial bias, arena spokesman Barry Baum told The Post that the decision to forego metal detectors for the Babs concert was an effort at streamlining efficiency.

“We’ve only been open two weeks and are trying to make things go as smooth as possible,” Baum said in the article, noting that the metal detectors have previously caused long lines.

But Councilwoman Letitia James wasn't letting the arena off the hook that easy. 

“There shouldn’t be a double standard; there should be one rule of law,” she stated Friday. “If you have metal detectors for people coming to see Jay-Z, the same should apply for Barbra Streisand. It shouldn’t matter if you come by limousine, subway or your own two feet.”

What do you think, readers? Are the changes simply opening-month growing pains or a sign of bias on the part of owners? Did anyone attend both a Jay-Z and Barbra Streisand performance?

Share your opinions in the comments below.

Dudley Escobar October 15, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is among the dumber comments I've read in this discussion. It's correct but utterly irrelevant. It's been statistically proven by numerous studies that legal gun owners are among the most law-abiding citizens in the nation. That being the case, carrying a handgun in the city is very much illegal and usually results in mandatory prison time. No "Tea Party/Second Amendment Rights person" is going to risk going to prison so that they can pack heat at a Barbara Streisand concert, especially considering how common it is for metal detectors and wands to be utilized at large venues like Barclay's (several people have said that they were, indeed, sent through metal detectors at Babs' show). A Jay-Z fan is statistically, logically and OBVIOUSLY more likely to bring a gun to a show like this.
Parksloper October 15, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Adam, don't confuse them with facts. It's racism, plain and simple according to Brad Lander, Leticia James etc. etc.
Chicken Underwear October 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
No. Just speaking of the people that I (a 49 year old white guy) know who walk around with a gun all of them are white senior citizens. White, wealthy old people. None of the back people that I know think they need to walk around with a gun.
Dudley Escobar October 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Oh, well, since you're speaking strictly about people that you know personally, then... ...you just verified the utter irrelevancy of everything you've said. Please tell us more about how some of your best friends are black so that we can be impressed by how progressive and open-minded you are. Obviously, your black friends not wanting to carry guns belies all of the statistics about who actually commits crime in this city.
Chicken Underwear October 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I am just saying that I am more worried about the creepy old snow bird with a gun that the black kid riding the Q train with me.


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